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    Jon Kingsdale

    Jon Kingsdale, Ph.D. 

    Jon Kingsdale is Managing Director and co-founder of the Boston office of Wakely Consulting Group. 

    Prior to his current position, Jon 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. 

    Since leaving the Health Connector, Jon has consulted to various government agencies, non-profit and for-profit organizations on implementation of PPACA generally, and American Health Benefit Exchanges in particular. His clients include: USHHS, the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF), Academy Health, and the states of California, Illinois, Missouri, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Wisconsin. Through various foundations, Academy Health and the National Academy on State Health Policy, he has also worked with policymakers in Maryland, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Washington.  He also provides strategy consulting to private-sector clients interested in health reform and insurance.

    As a senior executive at the Tufts Health Plans for twenty years, Jon was responsible for strategic planning, product development, public affairs and government relations. Prior to  Tufts Health Plan, he worked in strategic planning and reimbursement at Blue Cross of Massachusetts, researched hospital finances at the Harvard School of Public Health, consulted on health policy issues in Washington, D.C., and worked as a reporter for Forbes Magazine. 
    He received a doctorate in economic history from the University of Michigan and his bachelors degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He has taught at the Harvard School of Public Health, the Boston University School of Public Health, Tufts University School of Medicine, and is currently a Lecturer in the Department of Health Care Policy at the Harvard Medical School.


    Progress of the States

    Presentation Date

    Princeton Conference XIX: May 24, 2012

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