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 for over a decade.  While at Harvard Pilgrim Lora oversaw government affairs activities in Congress and in the New England states where the health plan operates.  She also managed the company’s corporate charitable giving totaling over $1 Million in donations a year. Prior to joining Harvard Pilgrim, Lora served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office and on the staff of former 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 appointed to serve on the Special Commission on Provider Price Variation and was appointed by Governor Baker to serve on the Digital Health Council. 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. She is currently an Incorporator at Dedham Saving Bank.

In 2011, Boston Magazine named Lora one of the 50 most powerful women in Boston.  Most recently, Lora was named to the Boston Business Journal’s 2017 Power 50, the BBJ’s list of the 50 most powerful individuals in Boston-area business.

Lora holds a BA from Wheaton College and a JD from the New England School of Law.

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. After joining MAHP, Sarah became 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 behavioral health. Sarah has represented MAHP on a number of commissions and working groups related to MassHealth and behavioral health care. Sarah also serves as MAHP’s general counsel and advises MAHP on compliance with state Ethics laws and regulations. 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

Jason joined MAHP in 2010, and directs state government relations and works with MAHP member plans to develop the strategic planning and advancement of the industry’s priorities at the State House. He also is the liaison to the business community and brokers in the state and promotes grassroots campaign efforts among MAHP member plans.  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 and is a member of the Board of Directors of the North End Waterfront Health Center.

Elizabeth Leahy, Esq.

Director of Advocacy and Stakeholder Relations

Liz joined MAHP in May 2014 as a Research and Policy Analyst. She was promoted to the position of Director of Advocacy and Stakeholder Engagement in August of 2018, and is responsible for fostering MAHP’s collaboration efforts with stakeholders across the health care sector. Liz oversees legislative and regulatory issues relative to dual-eligible managed care programs, public health, and administrative simplification.  She serves as MAHP’s representative on the Mass Collaborative, a multi-stakeholder organization focused on administrative simplification across the Massachusetts health care industry. She is the project leader for the Collaborative’s Strategy and Operations group, where she oversees the development of uniform prior authorization forms required by state law and she is heavily involved in ways to improve and streamline the provider credentialing process.

Liz is an adjunct faculty member of the Women and Gender Studies Department and the Pre-Law Minor at Merrimack College, where she teaches courses in gender studies, law, and public policy. She has been a visiting lecturer at Tufts University’s EX-College, 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 was appointed to the Massachusetts Commission on Discrimination Advisory Board by Governor Baker in 2017 and currently serves on the Young Professionals Board of the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus. She is a Professional designee through the Academy for Health Care Management (PAHM).  She holds a J.D. from New England School of Law and a B.A. from Merrimack College.

Norman Han

Director of Health Care Policy and Research

Norman Han joins MAHP with over ten plus years of experience in health care policy in both the public and private sectors. He joins MAHP from Steward Healthcare, where he worked as Director of Health Care Policy and Analysis. He worked for the Massachusetts House Committee for Ways and Means from 2005 to 2016, first as Budget Analyst and then for nine years as Director of Healthcare Finance and Policy. While serving as Director of Healthcare Finance and Policy at the House Committee on Ways and Means, Norman developed the budgets for MassHealth and Group Insurance Commission. He also advised the Chairman to develop policy positions on major health care issues including Chapter 224 and the Affordable Care Act. Before working at the State House, Norman worked for the federal Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General. He holds a Masters degree in Public Administration from Columbia University.

Pete Wilson

Director of Communications

Pete joined MAHP in December 2017 as the Director of Communications.  He is responsible for media relations, social media, messaging, and strategic communications.  Pete has an extensive background in both communications and legislative policy work.  Before joining MAHP he served as Press Secretary to former Senate President Stan Rosenberg and was awarded 2016 Press Secretary of the Year by the Statehouse Press Association.  Prior to working in the Senate, Pete was the Legislative Director for the Massachusetts House Committee on Ways and Means.  Pete has been a guest lecturer at The Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Tufts University.  He has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder and holds a Master’s degree from The George Washington University.

Brian M. Quigley, Esq.

Legislative Counsel

Brian joined MAHP in 2002. He has over 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. He has also represented America’s Health Insurance Plans and Express Scripts in 9 Northeastern states. Brian received his JD from the University of Connecticut School of Law and his Bachelors degree, summa cum laude in History, from the College of the Holy Cross.

Ann Chamberlin LaBelle

Special Assistant to the President and Program Manager

Ann joined MAHP in November of 2010 as a freelance Communications Specialist and was promoted to the position of Policy Analyst in January 2014.  In December 2017, Ann took on the position of Special Assistant to the President and Program Manager.   In this role, she is responsible for planning and executing the MAHP Annual Conference as well as events throughout the year.  Ann also coordinates MAHP Board of Directors, Medical Directors and Legislative Work Group meetings.  In addition, she works on special projects, affiliate memberships, and legislative tracking.  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.

Jessica Lussier

Office Manager & Executive Assistant to the President & CEO

Jessica joined MAHP in 2014 from the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus, where she was Office Manager/Internship Coordinator for three years. As the Office Manager of MAHP, Jessica is responsible for providing administrative support to MAHP’s members, assisting with event planning, including the MAHP Annual Conference, maintaining the office, and other duties as needed. In her role as Executive Assistant to the President & CEO, Jessica maintains Lora’s schedule and provides administrative assistance to the MAHP staff. 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.