John Morrison (Montana Politician)

John Morrison (born 1961) is an American public leader, attorney, writer and businessman. He is the founder and President of the National Alliance of State Health CO-OPs (NASHCO), which includes all “Consumer Operated and Oriented Plans” authorized and funded under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.1 He is also co-founder and vice-chair of the Montana Health CO-OP, one of the first CO-OPs to be approved for funding by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.2 Morrison is senior partner of Morrison, Motl and Sherwood, a public interest law firm based in Helena, Montana.3

As the Montana State Auditor and Insurance and Securities Commissioner from 2001–2008, Morrison was known for innovative policy proposals.4 He introduced, led passage of, and implemented Insure Montana, a small business health insurance pool with discounted premiums, paid for by an increase in the tobacco tax.5 A national award winning program,6 Insure Montana became a model for the premium assistance provisions of the Affordable Care Act. 7

John Morrison also wrote Montana’s I-155 and led the successful ballot initiative campaign that created Healthy Montana Kids, a broad reform and massive expansion of children’s health coverage.8 In the first year of operation, it brought over $200 million in new federal matching dollars into Montana and covered 10,000 additional children.9 Healthy Montana Kids now covers 91,000 Montana Children.10

As Insurance Commissioner, Morrison banned “discretionary clauses” in group health and disability insurance plans and successfully defended the ban in U.S. Court of Appeals in Standard Ins. Co v. Morrison.11 Through the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), Morrison led passage of a model law to ban the clauses that has been adopted in more than a dozen states, including New York, California, Michigan, Illinois, and Texas, conferring broad claims handling rights upon tens of millions of Americans.12 Morrison also led NAIC opposition to Association Health Plans13 and fraudulent “fake” health insurance.14

Morrison chaired the Health Insurance and Managed Care Committee and the Market Regulation and Consumer Affairs Committee of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, as well as the NAIC’s September 11 emergency task force.15 As the NAIC’s International Vice Chair for Asia, Morrison helped establish the relationship between U.S. and Chinese insurance regulators and, with the US Trade Representative, represented the U.S. in the US-China Insurance Dialogues, WTO Doha Round, in Hangzhou, PRC.16

After leaving office, Morrison was appointed by the Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner to replace former Surgeon General Dr. C. Everett Koop on the boards of the Senior Health Care Oversight Trust and the Senior Health Insurance Company of Pennsylvania (SHIP) and chaired both boards in 2011.17 Morrison also serves on the board of the Center for Health Policy Development, parent organization of the National Academy of State Health Policy.18

In 2006, Morrison was a candidate for the U.S. Senate in Montana. A week before the Democratic primary, the race between Morrison and primary opponent Jon Tester was “deadlocked.”19 Though leading incumbent Republican Conrad Burns in polls,20 Morrison was beaten in the Democratic primary by Tester,21 who defeated Burns in November.22

In the 1990s, Morrison served as lead Montana counsel in the state’s Tobacco case and represented the New York Times, NBC and other media in the “Unabomber” case.23 Morrison and his wife are co-authors of a popular Montana political history book: Mavericks: The Lives and Battles of Montana’s Political Heroes.24 Morrison is also author or co-author of many articles and opinion pieces, on topics ranging from health insurance to climate change.25

References

1 http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/02/21/MNUU1NAHF6.DTL; http://content.usatoday.com/dist/custom/gci/InsidePage.aspx?cId=dailytribune&sParam=53198140.story

2 http://missoulian.com/news/state-and-regional/article_870592ea-8f11-11e0-ac91-001cc4c03286.html; http://blogs.cfed.org/cfed_news_clips/2012/02/health-coop-is-a-good-idea-for.html

3 http://www.mmslawgroup.com, http://helenair.com/news/article_b8557b8a-163a-11e0-8e9d-001cc4c03286.html; http://www.mmslawgroup.com/attorneys/john-morrison

4 http://www.montanaliving.com/People/The_Innovator_216-216

5 http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/montana/health-insurance-program-on-tap/article_e9555fd1-dbd4-53ee-8099-cd119626c09e.html

6 http://www.hlc.org/special-programs/honor-roll-for-coverage-award/

7 http://www.dlc.org/print.cfm?contentid=3601

8 http://helenair.com/news/state-and-regional/who-s-supporting-the-chip-initiative-and-why/article_7dca451f-d0a5-5a5f-adf8-84d0c4b58c85.html

9 http://billingsgazette.com/news/opinion/editorial/article_d48c1b54-df19-11df-83ae-001cc4c002e0.html

10 http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/montana/state-health-insurance-program-for-kids-quietly-succeeds/article_a9028845-9003-5d2d-a124-8e4611f38ab0.html

11 http://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-9th-circuit/1499131.html; http://helenair.com/news/local/state-and-regional/c7d8b5b4-649b-11df-93b2-001cc4c03286.html

12 https://litigation-essentials.lexisnexis.com/webcd/app?action=DocumentDisplay&crawlid=1&doctype=cite&docid=56+S.D.+L.+REV.+482&srctype=smi&srcid=3B15&key=ed1bd52d25592e1b69f1121f45ee50a5

13 http://www.inc.com/news/articles/200504/ahp.html;

14 http://www.accessmylibrary.com/coms2/summary_0286-23726247_ITM

15 http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2008/03/11/88089.htm

16 http://aparc.stanford.edu/events/the_may_2008_uschina_insurance_dialogues/

17 http://shipltc.com/about/about-the-trust.php

18 http://www.nashp.org/node/1313

19 http://helenair.com/news/state-and-regional/tester-morrison-deadlocked/article_565ebdb2-cb68-5d97-bb83-46c7f4f5f75b.html

20 http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/elections/senate_races/montana_senate

21 http://helenair.com/news/local/article_370f3fad-5a42-5cc0-a94e-587c571096a2.html

22 http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6457612

23 http://www.mmslawgroup.com/attorneys/john-morrison

24 http://www.amazon.com/Mavericks-Battles-Montanas-Political-Legends/dp/0917298934

25 https://litigation-essentials.lexisnexis.com/webcd/app?action=DocumentDisplay&crawlid=1&doctype=cite&docid=56+S.D.+L.+REV.+482&srctype=smi&srcid=3B15&key=ed1bd52d25592e1b69f1121f45ee50a5;http://fsi.stanford.edu/publications/developing_commercial_health_insurance_in_china/


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