Meet Our New Health Care Policy Director – Joel Allumbaugh

Joel Allumbaugh

The Maine Heritage Policy Center (MHPC) is proud to announce the selection of Joel Allumbaugh of Gardiner as the new director of MHPC’s Center for Health Reform Initiatives.  Allumbaugh, a renowned expert in health insurance regulations and reform, has served on MHPC’s Board of Advisors since 2009.

Allumbaugh assumes the role of MHPC’s health policy expert after the historic passage of LD 1333, which was recently passed by the Legislature to increase competition within Maine’s health insurance market, creating more options and lower premiums for Maine people and businesses.  In his new role, one of Allumbaugh’s chief priorities will be monitoring the implementation of the law and reporting on its progress.  He will also serve as the organization’s lead researcher and spokesperson on all health care related issues facing the State of Maine.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Joel to our staff.  We look forward to his contributions to our organization, and his leadership in directing MHPC’s advocacy of proven, patient-centered health reforms that improve access to affordable, quality care,” said Michael Duddy, Chairman of MHPC’s Board of Directors.

Allumbaugh will continue to serve as Chief Executive Officer of National Worksite Benefit Group, Inc., which he co-founded in 2003 to offer a full service employee benefits insurance agency specializing in consumer-driven health plan strategies.  Previously, he twice served as President of the Board of Directors for the Maine Association of Health Underwriters (MAHU), from 2002 to 2003 and again from 2007 until 2011.

In 2009, Allumbaugh served as a member of the Maine Coalition to Protect Patient Rights, an organization that united legislators, health providers, health policy experts, business owners and others in opposition to ObamaCare’s government takeover of health care.  That year, MAHU, under his leadership, also partnered with MHPC to propose free-market alternatives to ObamaCare.

“I’m honored to have this opportunity to lead MHPC’s efforts in promoting responsible, patient-centered solutions to conquer Maine’s toughest health care challenges,” Allumbaugh said.  “MHPC has been the most effective advocate for these types of reforms for years.  I look forward to continuing that record of success as Director of the Center for Health Reform Initiatives.”

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For more information, or to arrange an interview with Mr. Allumbaugh, please contact Chris Cinquemani at (207) 240-7090 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (207) 240-7090 end_of_the_skype_highlighting or email chris@mainepolicy.org