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+ Earlybird updated October 22 

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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James P. Gelfand joined the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in August 2007. He is responsible for health policy issues pending before Congress and the federal agencies, including the protection of ERISA preemption, mental health parity, small business health plans, privacy and confidentiality, consumerist health options, and comprehensive health reform.

He joined the Chamber from The ERISA Industry Committee, where he served as the manager of health policy, focusing on research and advocacy for health issues of concern to Fortune 100 companies.

Gelfand attended Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, graduating with distinction in political science and legal studies. Previously, he worked at the National Center for Public Policy Research, where he co-authored the 2007 edition of Shattered Dreams: One Hundred Stories of Government Abuse. He also worked in litigation support at the international law firm Sidley, Austin, Brown and Wood.

Gelfand has a background in investigative reporting and formerly served on the editorial board of the Northwestern Chronicle. He is a regular contributor to health policy publications. He is a scholar of ancient Latin and Greek and a student at The George Washington University Law School. Gelfand lives in Washington, D.C.

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