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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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Former Speaker Newt Gingrich is the founder of the Center for Health Transformation, a collaboration of leaders dedicated to the creation of a 21st Century Intelligent Health System that saves lives and saves money. He is also the founder of the Gingrich Group, a communications and consulting firm specializing in transformational change, and serves as a political analyst for FOX News Network, a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C and a distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.

Gingrich served as a Member of Congress for twenty years and as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995-1999. He is widely recognized as the chief architect of the Republican Contract with America and the key strategist and leader behind the 1994 Republican victory, which created the first GOP majority in Congress in forty years. Under his leadership, Congress passed welfare reform, the first balanced budget in a generation, and the first tax cuts in sixteen years.

Gingrich's leadership helped save Medicare from bankruptcy, prompted FDA reform to help the seriously ill and initiated a new focus on research, prevention and wellness. In 1998 the American Diabetes Association awarded him their highest non-medical award and the March of Dimes named him their 1995 Georgia Citizen of the Year. He currently focuses on health issues in the private sector as founder of the Center for Health Transformation and is a board member of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. Newt also serves with former Senator Bob Kerrey as Co-Chairman of the National Commission for Quality Long-Term Care. In addition, he is a member of the Advisory Board for the AHRQ (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality) and for the National Library of Medicine. A leading advocate of increased federal funding for basic science research, in 2001 he was the recipient of the Science Coalition's first Science Pioneer award, given to him for outstanding contributions to educating the public about science and its benefits to society.

Most recently, Gingrich received the 2005 Health Quality Award from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), an independent, non-profit organization whose mission is to improve health care quality everywhere. He has also been honored with the 2005 National Minority Health Month Foundation Award for his contributions to the elimination of diabetes, and with the 2005 HIMSS Advocacy Award for leadership in advancing information and management systems for the betterment of human health (the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society).

Gingrich is the author of nine books including the bestsellers "Winning the Future," "Contract With America" and "To Renew America," as well as "Saving Lives and Saving Money," which describes the Center for Health Transformation's 21st Century Intelligent Health System.

Mr. Gingrich resides in Virginia with his wife, Callista. The Gingrich family includes two daughters, two sons in-law, and two grandchildren.

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