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Health Care: Commissioners Leave Toughest Medical Loss Ratio Calls to HHS

• "State insurance commissioners can check a major task off their list after unanimously passing a final model for the new health care law's medical loss ratio," CongressDaily (subscription) reports. "But now the Health and Human Services Department must quickly address thorny tax and implementation questions before it issues a final rule."

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Prior to joining the faculty of George Washington University, School of Public Health and Health Services, Christine Ferguson served for over two decades at the highest levels government. She has an unusual combination of federal and state experience in health care financing, public health and social services. She has served as Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Director of the Rhode Island Department of Human Services, and Counsel and Deputy Chief of Staff to the late U.S. Senator John H. Chafee. She has devoted her career to improving health care services, access, financing and health outcomes for all populations particularly in the areas of Medicare, Medicaid, tax expenditures, public health and safety, obesity and chronic disease, maternal and child health, safety net providers and commercial insurance. She is committed to making existing federal and state health systems work more effectively.

Ferguson served on the Committee on Health Insurance Status and its Consequences at the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies and is currently a member of the Board on Children, Youth and Families for the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. She is the Director of the STOP Obesity Alliance. She has served on the boards of the Neighborhood Health Plan, the National Academy of State Health Policy and a variety of other national organizations. She has been named one of the most influential health policy makers by Faulkner and Gray Healthcare and one of the nation�s 100 most influential lawyers by the National Law Journal.

Ferguson holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan and a JD from the Washington College of Law, The American University.

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