Joel Ario

by Jasmine Batchelor

January 14, 2020

Managing Director,
Manatt Health Strategies

Professional Experience

With 30 years of experience shaping and implementing public health policy at the
state and federal levels, Joel Ario provides strategic consulting and analysis on
healthcare policies and institutions, with an emphasis on the evolving role of
health insurers in delivering public and commercial coverage under various
regulatory frameworks. He represents state governments, health plans, hospitals,
foundations and other entities.

Joel’s experience includes two decades of leading health insurance reform
efforts for state and federal governments. As director of the Office of Health
Insurance Exchanges at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, he
worked closely with states and other stakeholders to develop the regulatory
framework for exchanges, including the rights and responsibilities of states and
the federal government in expanding coverage.

On the state level, Joel served as Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner and
Oregon Insurance Commissioner. He also served on the executive committee of
the National Association of Insurance Commissioners and was an NAIC officer.
The author of several articles on healthcare reform, Joel serves as an advisor to
the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in support of its work with states and has
written extensively on 1332 state innovation waivers. Joel is based in Manatt’s
Albany office.


  • Harvard Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1981
  • Harvard Divinity School, M.Div., cum laude, 1978
  • Saint Olaf College, B.A., American Political Experience, 1975 Phi Beta Kappa

Honors and Awards

  • CMS Award of Excellence, Center for Medicaid and Children’s Services, September 2011
  • Excellence in Consumer Advocacy Award, National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) Consumer Representatives, October 2010
  • Neil D. Levin Memorial Government Service Award, Israel Bonds, October 2009
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