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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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Ray Scheppach was appointed executive director of the National Governors Association (NGA) in January 1983. As executive director, Ray oversees the day-to-day operations of the association and works closely with NGA's chair and vice chair and their staffs to help identify priorities for the nation�s governors. Through NGA, governors deal collectively with issues of public policy and governance at both the national and state levels. The association's mission is to provide a forum for governors to exchange views and experiences among themselves; assistance in solving state focused problems; information on state innovations and practices; and a bipartisan forum for governors to establish, influence and implement policy on national issues.

Prior to NGA, Ray worked for seven years at the Congressional Budget Office, serving the last two years as Deputy Director.

Under his leadership, NGA has risen to become one of the most powerful lobbying groups in Washington. NGA was ranked 12th by Fortune magazine in its 1999 annual survey of the most influential trade associations, labor unions and interest groups.

Professional health care experience and publications include: leading a team of six state Medicaid and Governor's health policy advisors to negotiate state issues as part of President Clinton's health care initiative; member of the Jackson Hole Health Care initiative that developed a proposal and series of policy papers for managed competition; participant and speaker in the Council on Health Care Economics and Policy seminars under the direction of Stuart Altman, Ph.D.; published "The State Healthy Agenda: Austerity, Efficiency and Monitoring the Emerging Market" The Future U.S. Health Care System: Who Will Care for the Poor and Uninsured, edcited by Stuart H. Altman, Uwe E. Reinhardt, Alexandra E. Shields, Health Administration Press; and published "The Clinton Plan: How Does it Play for Governors and State" with Carl Volpe, Journal of American Health Policy, November/December 1993 issue.

He has written numerous professional articles on various public policy issues and has authored and co-authored four books on economics, including co-writing the 1984 book New Directions in Economic Policy: An Agenda for the 1980's.

Ray received his bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Maine, and his master's and doctorate degrees in economics from the University of Connecticut.

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