In his role as CEO and General Counsel of Employers Health, Chris works with the Board of Directors to chart the organization’s overall strategy. Having worked for the organization for nineteen years, he actively counsels plan sponsors and purchasing collectives in the area of employee benefits design and contracting, with particular expertise in pharmacy benefits management. Employers Health serves over 300 clients, domiciled in 28 states and covers 3,000,000 lives. Chris is also a co-founder of the Private Exchange Evaluation Collaborative (PEEC), a collaborative formed among four of the country’s leading business groups on health and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) for the express purpose of educating employers on private insurance exchanges and evaluating their merits relative to an employer’s benefits strategy. Chris is also an adjunct professor of law at The University of Akron School of Law where he teaches health law.
Chris currently serves as Chairman of the Board for the Health Policy Institute of Ohio. He also serves on the board of the Health Foundation of Greater Massillon and is president of the Jackson Local Board of Education in Massillon, Ohio, a district ranked 16th out of 610 Ohio public schools for academic performance. He is a frequent speaker on the topic of the Affordable Care Act, is an advisor to many pharmaceutical manufacturers and has served on editorial boards related to pharmaceuticals and biotechnology.
Chris served as an advisor to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for Part D pharmacy implementation during his tenure as a member of the Booz Allen Hamilton consulting team. These activities resulted from the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003. He previously served on the faculty of the College for Advanced Management of Health Benefits, affiliated with Thomas Jefferson Medical College’s department of health policy, where he taught the pharmacy benefits management track. He also served as an adjunct faculty member at Zane State College, where he taught Business Law, Government and Business and Macroeconomics. Chris also served on the inaugural URAC PBM accreditation committee. URAC accreditation is now widely sought after by pharmacy benefit managers.
His previous management experience includes working for Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, Medical Mutual and PacifiCare. He also served as the interim CEO of the National Business Coalition on Health in Washington, DC for a six month period in 2003.
Chris earned his undergraduate degree in business administration, with a major in finance, from Ohio Northern University, a Master’s degree in political science from The University of Akron and a Juris Doctor from The University of Akron School of Law. Chris is a member of the American Bar Association, the American Health Lawyers Association, the Ohio State Bar Association and the Stark County Bar Association, where he serves as chair of the health law committee.