Director, Health Insurance Project
Health Insurance Project Director Peter Newell joined the Fund in 2007 after a long tenure as executive director of the New York State Assembly Committee on Insurance and staff director for Assemblymember Pete Grannis. During that time, he represented the Assembly Majority in negotiations on a series of major health care reforms, including the Community Rating/Open Enrollment law (1992), the Point of Service law (1995), the Managed Care Consumer Protection Act (1996), the Prompt Payment law (1998), and HCRA 2000, which created the Family Health Plus and Healthy NY programs. Earlier in his Assembly career, Mr. Newell directed the Assembly’s Committee on Housing and worked to implement affordable housing programs.
Mr. Newell’s work at the Fund focuses on public and private insurance markets. He is the co-author of the Fund's Big Picture reports analyzing health plan enrollment and financial results, and in 2013 he completed a series of six issue briefs exploring key issues in New York's implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the establishment of the new health benefit exchange for individuals and small groups. A former reporter and editor for weekly newspapers in Manhattan, he holds a BA in English from the University of Notre Dame.