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September 23, 2021

Better Medicare Alliance Names Greg Gierer as Vice President of Policy and Research

Longtime health policy expert brings nearly 25 years of public policy and advocacy experience to new role

Washington, D.C. – Better Medicare Alliance, the nation’s leading research and advocacy organization supporting Medicare Advantage, announced the selection of Greg Gierer, MPP as Vice President of Policy and Research.

A veteran of some of the nation’s leading health care associations including the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, Gierer most recently served as Senior Vice President for Policy at America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP). Gierer began his career on Capitol Hill as an aide to U.S. Senator Christopher Dodd (D-CT).

“Better Medicare Alliance continues to grow and build to ensure we remain ideally suited to lead on the important policy discussions related to Medicare Advantage in Washington today and to deliver for the 27 million beneficiaries counting on our success,” said Mary Beth Donahue, President and CEO of the Better Medicare Alliance. “As we pursue that goal, I’m delighted to have a respected, seasoned policy expert on our team in Greg Gierer. I know firsthand Greg’s command of the issues and commitment to the cause of quality, affordable health care for our nation’s seniors. On behalf of our 160 Ally organizations and more than 600,000 grassroots advocates, I extend him our warmest welcome.”

“From my years in the health care policy and advocacy arena, I have appreciated the vital role that Better Medicare Alliance has played in advancing research and policy that builds the evidence for Medicare Advantage’s value to beneficiaries and the health care system. The opportunity to join this winning team is a high honor and privilege,” said Greg Gierer, MPP, Vice President of Policy and Research of the Better Medicare Alliance. “This is a pivotal moment for the future of Medicare Advantage. As Congress considers potential Medicare reforms, I look forward to leveraging my expertise and experience to strengthen Medicare Advantage and ensure that beneficiaries are protected.”

“As policymakers contend with deeply consequential decisions on health care funding and costs, it is critical they be equipped with the facts and research to make informed choices and drive better outcomes. As Better Medicare Alliance’s Vice President of Policy and Research, Greg is in a unique position to provide needed high-quality evidence,” said Michael Chernew, PhD, Leonard D. Schaeffer Professor of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School and Member of the Better Medicare Alliance Council of Scholars.“Greg will be outstanding in this role, and with his leadership, Better Medicare Alliance is poised to continue playing an important role in the future of health care policy.” 

“Better Medicare Alliance is fortunate to add a leader in value-based care like Greg Gierer to its team,” said Mark Fendrick, MD, Director of the University of Michigan’s Center for Value-Based Insurance Design and Member of the Better Medicare Alliance Council of Scholars. “Greg is a friend who knows Medicare, knows D.C., and knows the importance of delivering high-value care to every beneficiary. All of us at the University of Michigan V-BID Center wish him the very best in this new role.”

Gierer is a graduate of Providence College and holds a Master of Public Policy from Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy. He also serves on the Cancer Support Community’s Cancer Policy Institute Advisory Board.

A Connecticut native, Gierer resides in Leesburg, Virginia with his wife, and three children.


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