October 26, 2010
Creating Access to Services: The Case of the Massachusetts Health Connector
Tuesday, October 26 (348 Curry Center)
Founding Executive Director, Massachusetts Health Connector
Executive Director, Pioneer Institute
Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Northeastern University
Video Recording of the Seminar
#1: Introduction by Michael Dukakis
#2: Jon Kingsdale
#3: Comment by Michael Dukakis
#4: Jim Stergios
Jon Kingsdale was the founding Executive Director of the Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority, an independent authority established in 2006 under Massachusetts’ landmark health reform legislation. As the Executive Director for the first four years of reform, he led key initiatives to make health insurance universally available and to reform health care financing in Massachusetts. The Massachusetts experience was fundamental to national reform and the model for insurance reform and exchanges under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. Dr. Kingsdale received a doctorate in economic history from the University of Michigan and his bachelors degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently a Lecturer in the Department of Health Care Policy at the Harvard Medical School.
Jim Stergios is the Pioneer Institute’s Executive Director. Prior to joining Pioneer, he was Chief of Staff and Undersecretary for Policy in the Commonwealth’s Executive Office of Environmental Affairs, where he drove efforts on water policy, regulatory and permit reform, and urban revitalization. His prior experience includes founding and managing a business, teaching at the university level and in public and private secondary schools, serving as headmaster at a preparatory school, and writing for newspapers. He holds a doctoral degree in Political Science.
Michael Dukakis is Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Northeastern University where his research focuses on national health care policy reform and the lessons that national policy makers can learn from state reform efforts. He served three terms as Governor of Massachusetts (1975-1979, 1983-1991) and was the 1988 Democratic Nominee for President of the United States.