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David Morales '97 Appointed Mass. Healthcare Policy Commissioner

Story posted December 24, 2009

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has appointed David Morales '97 commissioner of healthcare policy and finance at the Executive Office of Health and Human Services.

Since March 2007, Morales has served as deputy chief of staff and senior advisor for strategic planning in the governor's office. The governor's spokesperson says in his new role, Morales will work closely with Dr. JudyAnn Bigby, state secretary of Health and Human Services, to reign in healthcare costs.

Morales was a top advisor to Governor Patrick on all issues related to health care; a senior advisor to former Senate President Robert Travaglini, during which time he is said to have played a key role in the creation of healthcare reform; and executive director of Prescription Advantage, a drug insurance plan available to all Massachusetts residents age 65 and older, as well as younger individuals with disabilities who meet income and employment guidelines. As a policy analyst at the House Committee on Ways and Means, his focus was on healthcare finance and the state budget.

Morales's new job begins January 1, 2010.

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