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Wardell Sanders, JD

President, New Jersey Association of Health Plans

As President of the New Jersey Association of Health Plans, Ward leads the state trade association that represents the major health plans in New Jersey, including all five Medicaid managed care organizations. He became President of NJAHP in October of 2006. Prior to coming to the NJAHP in 2006, Ward served for 15 years in New Jersey State government positions, first serving as a Deputy Attorney General then running the state’s early exchanges. Prior to earning his law degree, Ward worked in Washington, D.C. for a human rights and foreign policy research organization.

Ward has received the Community Health Law Project’s 2015 “Ann Klein Advocate Award,” the New Jersey Mental Health and Addiction Agencies 2016 “Leadership in Health Care Award,” and the Hemophilia Association of New Jersey’s 2017 “Humanitarian Award.”

Ward is a graduate of the Villanova University School of Law and of Franklin & Marshall College, where he received his BA in Government. He is a member of the New Jersey and Pennsylvania bars, the New Jersey Bar Association, and is a member of the Bar Association’s Insurance Benefits Committee. He lives in Lambertville, New Jersey, where he was elected five times to Lambertville’s City Council.