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Louise Norris

Louise Norris

healthinsurance.org contributor

Louise Norris has been writing about health insurance and healthcare reform at The Colorado Health Insurance Insider since 2006. She brings a broker's… Read more

Harold Pollack

Harold Pollack

healthinsurance.org contributor

Harold Pollack is the Helen Ross Professor at the School of Social Service Administration. He is also Co-Director of The… Read more

Wendell Potter

Wendell Potter

healthinsurance.org contributor

Following a 20-year career as a corporate insurance executive, Wendell Potter left his position as head of communications for Cigna… Read more

Linda Bergthold

Linda Bergthold

healthinsurance.org contributor

Dr. Linda Bergthold has been a health care consultant and researcher for more than 25 years. She worked on the… Read more

Andrew Sprung

Andrew Sprung

healthinsurance.org contributor

Andrew Sprung is a freelance writer who blogs about politics and policy, particularly health care policy, at xpostfactoid. His articles… Read more

Charles Gaba

Charles Gaba

healthinsurance.org contributor

Charles Gaba is the founder of ACASignups.net, which has been live-tracking Obamacare enrollments since the exchanges launched in October 2013.… Read more

Amy Lynn Smith

Amy Lynn Smith

healthinsurance.org Contributor

Amy Lynn Smith is a writer and communications strategist who specializes in healthcare and issue advocacy. She creates empowering, educational… Read more

Lisa Zamosky

Lisa Zamosky

healthinsurance.org Contributor

Lisa Zamosky is a nationally known expert on health insurance, health care policy, the Affordable Care Act and consumer health… Read more

Maggie Mahar

Maggie Mahar

healthinsurance.org Contributor

Maggie Mahar is an author and financial journalist who has written extensively about the American health care system. Her book,… Read more

Rob Cullen

Rob Cullen

healthinsurance.org Contributor

Rob Cullen has been writing about health policy for What If Post since 2009. Founded in 2007, What If Post… Read more

Ron Pollack

Ron Pollack

Founding Executive Director, Families USA

Ron Pollack is the Founding Executive Director of Families USA, the national organization working to achieve high-quality, affordable health coverage… Read more

Steve Anderson

Steve Anderson

healthinsurance.org editor

Steve Anderson is editor and content manager for healthinsurance.org, where he works with a talented team of health policy writers.… Read more

Chuck Smith-Dewey

Chuck Smith-Dewey

healthinsurance.org founder & ceo

Chuck Smith-Dewey is an author, designer and cartoonist. He founded healthinsurance.org in 1994 as the result of personal experience with… Read more

Carla Anderson

Carla Anderson

healthinsurance.org contributor

Carla Anderson has more than 15 years of experience writing sales, marketing and corporate communications for a major pharmacy benefit… Read more

Jenifer Dorsey

Jenifer Dorsey

healthinsurance.org Contributor

Jenifer Dorsey is a freelance writer and editor who has covered health insurance and healthcare reform for the past seven… Read more

Joanne Boyer

Joanne Boyer

healthinsurance.org contributor

Joanne Boyer is author/editor of Wisdom of Progressive Voices, a book chronicling our progressive heritage through biographies and quotes from some of… Read more

Josh Schultz

Josh Schultz

healthinsurance.org Contributor

Josh Schultz is a health policy analyst at hCentive, a Washington, D.C. area healthcare technology company specializing in state exchanges.… Read more

Irene Aguilar, MD

Irene Aguilar, MD

Colorado State Senator

Dr. Irene Aguilar has worked for 23 years as a Primary Care Provider for Denver Health and Hospitals and now… Read more

Michael Johnson

Michael Johnson

Former Director of Public Policy, Blue Shield of California

Michael Johnson is the former director of public policy at Blue Shield of California (2003 – 2015). He is currently… Read more

Kev Coleman

Kev Coleman

Head of Research & Data, HealthPocket.com

Kev Coleman is the Head of Research & Data where he is the author of the HealthPocket InfoStat Reports. Mr.… Read more

Simon F. Haeder

Simon F. Haeder

healthinsurance.org Contributor

Simon F. Haeder is a Ph.D. student in Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is currently working on… Read more

Claire McAndrew

Claire McAndrew

Private Insurance Program Director, FamiliesUSA

Claire McAndrew is Private Insurance Program Director at Families USA. She specializes in private insurance issues, including those related to… Read more

Lydia Mitts

Lydia Mitts

Senior Policy Analyst, FamiliesUSA

Lydia Mitts is a Senior Policy Analyst at Families USA. She specializes in private insurance issues, including market reforms and… Read more

Rachel Klein

Rachel Klein

Director of Organizational Strategy, Oral Health Campaign at Families USA

Rachel Klein is the Director of Organizational Strategy and the Enrollment Program Director at Families USA. In this capacity, she… Read more

Karan Chhabra

Karan Chhabra

2015 Health Wonk Scholarship Recipient

Karan Chhabra is a medical student at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, who'll be pursuing In residency training in… Read more

Anna Tran, M.D.

Anna Tran, M.D.

Guest Blogger

Anna Tran is a board certified internist and pediatrician. In 2008, after a decade in private practice – where she saw… Read more

Kellan Baker

Kellan Baker

LGBT Health Care Analyst, Center for American Progress

Kellan Baker is a Health Policy Analyst with the LGBT Research and Communications Project at the Center for American Progress,… Read more

Gov. Steve Beshear

Gov. Steve Beshear

Governor, State of Kentucky

Steve Beshear was first elected Governor of Kentucky in 2007 and re-elected in 2011. He shepherded Kentucky through the global… Read more

Dr. Fiona Caldwell

Dr. Fiona Caldwell

Dr. Fiona Caldwell is a veterinary pet health writer for Pets Best Insurance. Dr. Caldwell received her undergraduate degree from… Read more

Patrick Cannon

Patrick Cannon

Patrick Cannon has over a decade of experience in health care advocacy and research. As an advocate, he has organized… Read more

Kristen Reineke

Kristen Reineke

Chief Marketing Officer at CancerInsurance.com

Kristen Reineke has been working with e-businesses in the supplemental health industry for more than a decade. She is the… Read more

April Seifert, Ph.D.

April Seifert, Ph.D.

President at Decision Analytics

April Seifert is an expert in the field of data analysis for the healthcare industry and has spent her career… Read more

Linda Burke-Galloway, MD, MS, FACOG

Linda Burke-Galloway, MD, MS, FACOG

Board, Doctors for America

Dr.  Linda Burke-Galloway is a board-certified ob-gyn physician, author and blogger. She is an alumnus of City College of New… Read more

Michael Meulemans

Michael Meulemans

healthinsurance.org Contributor

Michael Meulemans is a writer, editor, and trainer of insurance industry continuing education courses and technical insurance documents, specializing in… Read more

Jan Greene

Jan Greene

healthinsurance.org contributor

Jan Greene has been reporting about the health care system for nearly 20 years, covering health, medicine and information technology.… Read more

R. Scott Poppen, MD MPA

R. Scott Poppen, MD MPA

Board, Doctors for America

Scott practiced primary care internal medicine in California and Utah for 25 years. He has been a member of the… Read more

Glenn Tornell

Glenn Tornell

healthinsurance.org contributor

Glenn Tornell is the former News & Publications director at Minnesota State University Moorhead, and is the former Yoda to healthinsurance.org's… Read more

Arlene Karidis

Arlene Karidis

Arlene Karidis is a health reporter whose career spans two decades. A breast cancer survivor, Karidis says the Affordable Care… Read more

Carol Cooksley

Carol Cooksley

healthinsurance.org Chief Operating Officer

Carol Cooksley joined healthinsurance.org in 2014.  Her background in publishing, operations, finance, human resources and agency management gives her a… Read more

Barb Etzkorn

Barb Etzkorn

Director of Art and Design, healthinsurance.org

Barb Etzkorn joined healthinsurance.org as the director of art and design  following work at Campbell Mithun, Minneapolis, where she served as… Read more