John Rother Takes Helm at the National Coalition on Health Care

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September 8, 2011

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John Rother Takes Helm at the National Coalition on Health Care

New President and CEO brings 30 Years of Policy Leadership to the

Fight for a Sustainable, Affordable and Fair Health System

WASHINGTON, DC- The National Coalition on Health Care (NCHC) announced the appointment of John Rother as its new President and Chief Executive Officer today.

Mr. Rother brings 30 years of health policy experience at AARP and the US Senate to NCHC, the oldest and most broadly representative, non-partisan alliance working for health system change.

“There is no greater domestic challenge than taming the escalating cost of health care.  NCHC is poised to tackle that challenge,” stated Rother.

Rother, a long-time member of NCHC’s Board of Directors, will now lead a coalition that brings together many of the nation’s leading and influential stakeholders – employers, unions, insurers, providers, and consumers –  around the common goals of keeping health care affordable, protecting vulnerable populations, and improving value.

Top on NCHC’s agenda will be advancing health system-wide delivery, payment, and financing reforms which can avoid the cost-shifting that compounds the affordability crisis in America’s health system.

“John’s extraordinary policy and political expertise make him an ideal advocate for bipartisan, system-wide solutions to our health care challenges, as the nation’s historic debate over economic growth, entitlement reform and fiscal sustainability continues,” said John MacArthur, Chairman of NCHC’s Board of Directors and Dean Emeritus of the Harvard Business School.

Before today’s appointment, Rother had served as the Executive Vice President of Policy, Strategy and International Affairs for AARP. He has been a frequent speaker on Medicare, managed care, long-term care, Social Security, pensions and the challenges facing the boomer generation.

Prior to coming to AARP in 1984, Mr. Rother served eight years with the U.S. Senate as Special Counsel for Labor and Health to former Senator Jacob Javits (R-NY), then as Staff Director and Chief Counsel for the Special Committee on Aging under its Chairman, Senator John Heinz (R-PA).

Rother has also served on several Boards and Commissions, including Generations United, the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations, National Quality Forum, the Pension Rights Center, the Alliance for Healthcare Reform, and the American Board of Internal Medicine and on advisory boards to Kaiser Permanente, Google, and several congressional fellowships. He is frequently quoted in the news, and regularly presents at conferences and congressional briefings.

In June 2010, John received the prestigious Robert Ball Award for Outstanding Achievements in Social Insurance from the National Academy of Social Insurance, honoring his lifetime of advocacy to strengthen the Social Security and Medicare programs.

John Rother is an honors graduate of Oberlin College and the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Law.  


The NCHC Action Fund is a 501(c)(4) not for profit organization devoted to public education, and advocacy to secure stable affordable health care for America. The National Coalition on Health Care, the oldest and most diverse alliance of groups committed to securing and sustaining health care system reform, is a 501(c)(3) organization. Some members of the National Coalition Health Care (NCHC) do not, or cannot, take positions either on specific legislation, strategies or on any policies outside their respective mission areas. Not every member of NCHC has a position on or supports every position of the NCHC Action Fund. However, all that can, do endorse broad policy positions do support comprehensive health system reform. Both organizations are located at 1120 G Street, NW, Suite 810, Washington, DC 20005. Phone: (202) 638-7151.


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