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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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Tom Miller is a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, where he focuses on health policy, with particular emphasis on such issues as information transparency, health insurance regulation, and consumer-driven health care. He is also a member of the National Advisory Council for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. For the last two years, he has volunteered as an unpaid, outside health policy adviser and frequent surrogate speaker for presidential candidate John McCain. Before joining AEI, Miller served for three years as senior health economist for the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress, where he organized a series of hearings focusing on promising reforms in private health care markets and drafted several social security reform bills. He also has been director of health policy studies at the Cato Institute and director of economic policy studies at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. Tom Miller's writing has appeared in such publications as Health Affairs, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Reader's Digest, National Review, The American, Journal of Law and Contemporary Problems, Regulation, and Cato Journal. He has testified before various congressional committees on issues including Medicare prescription drug benefits, medical savings accounts, tax credits, genetic information, social security, federal reinsurance of catastrophic risks, and terrorism insurance.

Before coming to Washington, he had a real life, as a trial attorney, a journalist, and a radio broadcaster (including several seasons as play-by-play voice of the Davidson College Wildcats basketball team). Miller holds a bachelor's degree in political science from New York University and a law degree from Duke University.

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