Lora M. Pellegrini, Esq.
President and CEO
Lora has been President and CEO of the Massachusetts Association of Health Plans (MAHP) since 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 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, served on the 2017 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. She is currently a Board member of Dedham Institution of Savings. 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.
In 2011, Boston Magazine named Lora one of the 50 most powerful women in Boston. Lora was also named to the Boston Business Journal’s 2017 and 2018 Power 50, the BBJ’s list of the 50 most powerful individuals in Boston-area business. Lora was awarded the 2018 Women’s Bar Association Lelia J. Robinson Award, which recognizes women who, like Robinson, are pioneers in the legal profession, experts in their fields and have made a difference in their community. In October 2019, Lora was awarded the Abigail Adams Award from the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus for her years of service to the MWPC.
Lora holds a BA from Wheaton College and a JD from the New England School of Law.
Sarah Gordon Chiaramida, Esq.
Senior Vice President of Health Policy, General Counsel
Sarah joined MAHP in 2006, shortly following passage of Chapter 58 of the Acts of 2006. She was promoted to Senior Vice President of Health Policy and General Counsel in 2020. 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.
Vice President of Regulatory and Legislative Affairs
Elizabeth (Fluet) Murphy joined the Massachusetts Association of Health Plans in May 2011 as a Public Policy Analyst and was promoted to Vice President of Regulatory and Legislative Affairs in 2020. 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
Vice President of Government and External 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. Jason is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the North End Waterfront Health Center. NEW Health, is federally qualified health center servicing the residents of the North End, Waterfront and Charlestown neighborhoods in the City of Boston.
Elizabeth Leahy, Esq.
Chief of Staff, Vice President of Advocacy and Engagement
Liz joined MAHP in May 2014 as a Research and Policy Analyst. She was promoted to the position of Chief of Staff and Vice President of Advocacy and Engagement in 2021. Liz 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.
Elizabeth-Ann S. Foley, Esq.
Vice President of Health Policy and Deputy General Counsel
Elizabeth joined MAHP in January 2022 as Vice President of Health Policy and Deputy General Counsel. Prior to joining MAHP, she was a Shareholder at Rich May, P.C. in the firm’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice. She brings over 30 years of specialized experience in health care corporate and litigation actions involving health care fraud and abuse, Medicare, Medicaid, and third-party payer billing and coding audits, white-collar civil and criminal investigations, physician and other health care practitioner disciplinary matters, and corporate compliance.
Elizabeth has held various leadership roles in government and the private sector. She was a Partner at Barrett & Singal, P.C. where she focused on health care corporate and litigation matters. She previously served as an assistant attorney general in various prosecutorial and managerial roles in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General (“OAG”). Notably, she was an assistant attorney general in the OAG’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. She also held the position of Senior Counsel in Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Inc.’s Fraud Investigation and Prevention Unit.
Elizabeth is an active member of the health law bar. She serves on the Steering Committee for the Boston Bar Association Health Law Section and is a long-time member of the American Health Lawyer Association. Elizabeth also enjoys membership in the Massachusetts Bar Association and the Women’s Bar Association.
She received her Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from Suffolk University Law School and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the College of the Holy Cross. She is the recipient of the Francis X. Bellotti Award for Excellence awarded by her peers in the OAG’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. Foley has also been named to the Best Lawyers in America list in the category of health care law and recognized as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer.
Ann Chamberlin LaBelle
Program and Special Projects 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 Program and Special Projects 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.
Manager of Public Policy & Communications
Lynda Jackson joins MAHP with over ten years of experience in healthcare working with Massachusetts payers. She comes to MAHP from BMC HealthNet Plan, where she worked for seven years, first as a Policy Manager and then as the Manager of Government Affairs and Communications. In that role, she was responsible for tracking and analyzing legislative and regulatory issues for the organization and working with internal business units to develop policy positions. She also managed communications with the media. Earlier in her career, Lynda worked at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care as a Legal Analyst where she conducted research and regulatory work. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from Trinity College and a Masters in Health Management and a Health Policy Certificate from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.
Members of the press can reach Lynda at Jackson@mahp.com.
Bhagyashree (Nikki) Sonwane
Health Policy and Research Analyst
Nikki worked with MAHP since April 2019 as a Health Policy Consultant. She joined the team as Health Policy and Research Analyst in January 2021. Nikki brought with her years of legal experience in business, health, employment and public policy issues in India and United States. Nikki is responsible for managing and working with MAHP member health plans, related to development and execution of MAHP’s health care policy and strategy development. She serves as a research wing for MAHP projects and provides assistance with MAHP data collection and analysis relating to MAHP member health plans’ programs, Medicaid and BH issues; works with MAHP team and MAHP member health plans to analyze legislation and regulations relative to Massachusetts health care policy; and on the development and implementation of MAHP’s legislative agenda, including health care cost legislation.
Nikki is currently a PhD candidate at Westcliff University, where she is working on developing her dissertation relative to administration and management of law, public policy, and programs. Nikki is licensed Indian attorney and holds a Master of Law in International Business Laws (LL.M.) from Northeastern University School of Law and Master of Business Administration (M.B.A) from Campbellsville University.
Health Policy and Research Analyst
Alyson joined MAHP as a Health Policy and Research Analyst in July 2021. She brought her experience in public policy and government relations from AARP Massachusetts where she helped analyze and research policy, programs, and regulations affecting the 50+ population in Massachusetts. Alyson also brought her experience with the Center for Women’s Health and Human Rights where she helped research and analyze women’s health policies and legislation in Massachusetts. Alyson received her master’s in public administration as well as a graduate certificate in gender, leadership, and public policy from the University of Massachusetts Boston and is a proud member of the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy.
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
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.