Joel Ario, a managing director of Manatt Health Solutions, has 30 years of experience helping to shape and implement public policy, including two decades devoted to leading health insurance reform efforts at the state and federal government levels. He provides strategic consulting and policy analysis to assist state governments, health plans and foundations in preparing for the broad implications of healthcare reform, with a particular emphasis on planning for and implementing the new exchange-based marketplaces.
Mr. Ario previously served as Director of the Office of Health Insurance Exchanges at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), where he worked closely with states and other stakeholders in leading HHS efforts to develop the regulatory framework for exchanges, including the rights and responsibilities of the states in establishing exchanges and preserving their authority over the private insurance marketplace.
Prior to his federal service, Mr. Ario was Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner from 2007 to 2010 and Oregon Insurance Commissioner from 2000 to 2007. Mr. Ario served on the Executive Committee of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) for a decade and was an NAIC officer from 2003 to 2005. He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School, M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and B.A. from St. Olaf College.
Mr. Ario serves as an advisor to the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation on their state exchange work and is a member of the Leavitt Partners Future Panel. His publications include “Post Election, the Affordable Care Act Leaves the Intensive Care Unit for Good,” (with Larry Jacobs, Health Affairs Entry Point, Dec 2012).