This winter we bid a fond farewell to Anya Rader Wallack of the Mass Medicaid Policy Institute (MMPI). In her role at MMPI, Anya provided a clear vision on many issues including MassHealth and health reform, but most recently driving the Roadmap to Cost Containment. Anya let data drive much of her work, but presented it with such clarity (and a sense of humor) that the recommendations were invaluable. We wish her the best in the future and will miss her!
Both Joseph Murphy and David Morales have recently been officially appointed as commissioners by Governor Patrick. Joseph Murphy, former assistant commissioner at the Division of Insurance, is now the Commissioner of that agency. Murphy has started his tenure off with a bang by holding a series of hearings targeting health insurers in Massachusetts. These hearings are culminating in a report due out next month. Next up for the new Commissioner Murphy is looking at insurer rate increases and possibly denying some of them as part of the Governor’s broader small business initiative.
David Morales has recently become the Commissioner of DHCFP. David played a critical role in the passage of chapter 58, working then for Senate President Travaglini. Most recently in the Governor’s office, Morales has jumped into the cost containment efforts and is the driving force behind the recently released Cost Trends Reports. Having served in both the legislature and the administration, Morales brings a certain clarity and focus to one of the most pressing issues facing the Commonwealth. Next on his agenda is hosting providers and insurers for hearings starting March 16th so they can explain where our health care dollars are being spent.
We look forward to working with both Commissioner Murphy and Commissioner Morales in the coming months!