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MAHP Staff

Lora M. Pellegrini, Esq.
President and CEO

Lora became President and CEO of MAHP in February 2010.  She has served on the staffs of two Governors, most recently as Chief Advisor for Government Affairs for Governor Deval Patrick, and on the legislative staff of former Governor Michael Dukakis.  Prior to joining Governor Patrick’s staff, Lora served as Vice President for Government Affairs & Community Relations at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care.  While at Harvard Pilgrim, Lora oversaw government relations activities at the federal level, as well as, in the New England states where the health plan operated.  She also oversaw the company’s corporate charitable giving. Lora has also worked as an Assistant Attorney General in the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office and on the staff of Secretary of State John Kerry, when he held public office in Massachusetts.


Lora serves as a member of the Health Policy Commission Advisory Council and was recently appointed to the Special Commission on Price Variation. Lora also serves as Vice President of the Massachusetts Health Council and as a Big Sister in the Big Sister of Massachusetts program. Lora is a past president of the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus (MWPC), a non-partisan organization dedicated to promoting women to elected and appointed office, and also Co-Chaired the MWPC Political Action Committee. 


Lora is a member of the Massachusetts Women’s Forum, a chapter of the International Women’s Forum, an organization made up of women leaders in Massachusetts and throughout the world. In 2011, Boston Magazine named Lora one of the 50 most powerful women in Boston.  Lora holds a Bachelors degree from Wheaton College and a JD from the New England School of Law.


Eric Linzer, Esq.
Executive Vice President 

Eric has nearly 20 years of public affairs and media relations experience. He joined MAHP in 2002 as the Director of Public Affairs before being promoted to Vice President in 2005. In 2017, Eric was promoted to Executive Vice President, where he oversees media relations and communications, outreach efforts to business groups and brokers, legislative and regulatory issues affecting commercial carriers, administrative simplification efforts with the provider community, and business planning, financial management, and operational activities within the organization. Prior to joining MAHP, he was an account supervisor in the public relations division of Arnold Worldwide providing crisis communications and strategic counsel for a variety of regional and national clients. Before joining Arnold Worldwide, Eric worked in the public affairs department of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, handling media relations for the health plan. Early in his career, Eric worked at a boutique PR agency on the National Institute of Mental Health’s campaign on the co-occurrence of depression with other major illnesses. He also served as the legislative aide and campaign manager for former State Representative Paul Demakis. Currently, Eric serves as MAHP’s representative on the Board of Directors of the MA eHealth Collaborative and the Massachusetts Health Data Consortium and has served on a number of state commissions, most recently the Special Commission on Provider Price Reform. In 2008, Eric received the Leader in Quality – Rx for Excellence Award from the Massachusetts Medical Law Report. He holds a JD from Suffolk University Law School. Eric also received his Master’s degree in Political Science from Suffolk University and earned his Bachelor’s degree from Boston College.


Sarah Gordon Chiaramida, Esq.

Vice President of Legal Affairs

Sarah joined MAHP in 2006, shortly following passage of Chapter 58 of the Acts of 2006. As a Public Policy Analyst, she was promoted to Director of Government Programs in 2008 and then to Vice President of Legal Affairs in 2009. Sarah brought with her two years of litigation experience in criminal, financial, and insurance litigation. Since joining MAHP Sarah has been intimately involved in implementation of Chapter 58, working with issues related to commercial, Medicaid and Connector programs. Sarah is responsible for coordinating MAHP’s public policy agenda, including all issues related to Medicaid and MassHealth and MAHP’s payment reform and cost control policies. Sarah is MAHP’s representative to the Advisory Committee to the Health Care Quality and Cost Council, where she has served as both Vice Chair and Chair for the Committee. Sarah also serves as MAHP’s general counsel and advises MAHP on compliance with state Ethics laws and regulations. Sarah currently serves on the MWPC PAC Board, and also serves as the co-chair for the MassGap Health and Human Services and Elder Affairs Task Force. Sarah received a BA, Honors, in Environmental Policy from the University of Kansas and holds a JD from Vermont Law School.


Elizabeth Murphy, Esq.

Director of Regulatory Affairs

Elizabeth (Fluet) Murphy joined the Massachusetts Association of Health Plans in May 2011 as a Public Policy Analyst and was promoted to Director of Regulatory Affairs in 2016.  In this role, she is responsible for overseeing issues affecting the health insurance industry before the Legislature, the Division of Insurance, and the Health Connector.  Liz analyzes proposed and enacted legislation, regulations and sub-regulatory guidance in order to determine the impact on MAHP's 17 member health plans.  Liz regularly represents the plans before state regulatory agencies and is responsible for facilitating the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.  She currently serves on the Governor’s Postpartum Depression Commission and is also an active member of the Public Policy Committee within the Boston Bar Association’s Health Law Section. Liz was previously employed as Chief of Staff for State Representative David Torrisi for more than ten years.  She received her law degree from Suffolk University Law School and her Masters Degree in Public Affairs from UMass Boston's McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies.  She received a Bachelors in Political Science at Boston University.


Jason A. Aluia

Director of Government Affairs

As Director of Government Affairs, Jason directs legislative activities and advances the industry’s legislative priorities at the State House. Joining MAHP in May 2010, he also works on promoting grassroots campaign efforts among MAHP member plans and employers.  Jason previously served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Legislative Director to former Speaker Sal DiMasi and prior to that served as his Director of Constituent Services. Jason attended Suffolk University for Public Policy, and currently serves as the chairman of the Ward 3 Democratic Committee in Boston.


Brian M. Quigley, Esq.

Legislative Counsel

Brian joined MAHP in 2002.  He has 40 years experience in health care law and legislation, first with Travelers and then with UnitedHealthCare, where he was responsible for state legislative activity in all 50 states.  Brian received his JD from the University of Connecticut School of Law and his Bachelors degree from the College of the Holy Cross.


Ann LaBelle

Policy Analyst and Manager of Programming

Ann joined MAHP in November of 2010 as a freelance Communications Specialist.  She was promoted to the position of Policy Analyst in January 2014 and took on responsibility for managing MAHP programming in January of 2017.  In this role, she is responsible for overseeing issues affecting the health insurance industry in the Legislature, the Center for Health Information and Analysis (CHIA) and Department of Public Health as well as planning and coordinating MAHP’s policy forums and annual conference.  Ann previously worked on the legislative staffs of former Governor Michael Dukakis and State Representative Warren E. Tolman.  She also managed government and media relations for a small public agency and worked as a communications consultant for a major medical supply company.  Ann received her Bachelors degree in Government with a focus in Communications from Suffolk University.


Elizabeth Leahy, Esq.

Research and Policy Analyst

Liz joined MAHP in May 2014 as a Research and Policy Analyst. She comes to MAHP from private practice as a civil litigation attorney in the Merrimack Valley where she focused on plaintiff personal injury and consumer protection. She is an adjunct member of the Women and Gender Studies Department and the Pre-Law Minor at Merrimack College where she teaches courses in gender studies studies, law, and public policy. She has been a visiting lecturer at Tufts University's EX-College, where she taught her Sexual Orientation, Gender, and the Law course and has worked with a variety of public interest groups including the Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders, Community Catalyst, and the Community Dispute Settlement Center. Liz is currently a member of the Legislative Task Force for the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Organization for Women and a member of the YP Board of the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus. She holds a JD from New England School of Law and a Bachelors from Merrimack College.


Jessica Lussier

Office Manager & Executive Assistant to Lora Pellegrini

Jessica Lussier comes to the Massachusetts Association of Health Plans from the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus, where she was Office Manager/Internship Coordinator for three years. While at MWPC Jessica supported the Executive and Associate Directors in administrative services, event planning and membership management, while also managing the internship program and maintaining the office. She frequently interacted with elected officials, candidates for political office and campaign staff on behalf of the MWPC Political Action Committee. Jessica graduated from Westfield State College with a Bachelor Degree in Communications.


Neil B. Minkoff, MD

Medical Director

Neil B. Minkoff, MD is Chief Medical Officer for EmpiraMed, Inc, working to develop the PRO Portal for capturing self-reported patient outcomes and clinical information to measure real-world comparative effectiveness. He also serves as the Medical Director of the Massachusetts Association of Health Plans.

 

In 2012, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick appointed Dr. Minkoff as a Commissioner of the Massachusetts Group Insurance Commission, which provides oversight of health insurance for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  Dr. Minkoff has worked with multiple pharmaceutical and biotech companies in his role as CMO of MediMedia Managed Markets, where he also serves as Editor of the Medical Director Forum.  Previously, he served as the Medical Director for Network Medical Management and Pharmacy for Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, and served as the Associate Medical Director of Partners Community Healthcare. He has been Co-Chair of Medical Management and of P&T for the CareGroup Network and Medical Director for Waltham Hospital.

 

Dr. Minkoff attended Bowdoin College, where he graduated summa cum laude in History, was awarded his MD from Dartmouth Medical School and received an Executive Education Certificate from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He trained in Internal Medicine at the Lahey Clinic and practiced as an Internist. He is the author and editor of multiple publications and has served on numerous Advisory Panels and Boards. Dr. Minkoff was awarded a Bronze United States Congressional Medal in 1986. In 2005, Dr. Minkoff was recognized by the Boston Business Journal as one of their “40 Under 40” leaders and was one of the Boston Chamber of Commerce’s Future Leaders of 2007.