by Rachad Davis
September 20, 2016
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 four Medicaid health plans. He became President of NJAHP in October of 2006.
Ward is a recognized expert on health care policy, speaking to national and regional audiences and is a frequent commentator on TV. In 2014, Inside New Jersey and Star Ledger writers named Ward one of New Jersey’s 100 most influential residents. He also has been named on a number of other New Jersey power lists.
Prior to coming to the NJAHP in 2006, Ward served for 15 years in State government positions. He was the Executive Director of the New Jersey Individual Health Coverage Program Board and the New Jersey Small Employer Health Benefits Program Board, the two State agencies charged with regulating the individual and small group health benefits markets, which then covered about one million New Jersey residents. Ward began his State service as a Deputy Attorney General in the New Jersey Division of Law.
As President of the NJAHP, Ward was appointed by Governor Corzine to both the Mandated Health Benefits Advisory Commission and the Health Care Access Study Commission, and by Senate President Codey to the Medical Care Availability Task Force.
Ward is a 1991 graduate of the Villanova University School of Law, in Villanova, Pennsylvania, where he was an editor of the Villanova Environmental Law Journal and was the student commencement speaker. Ward is also a 1984 graduate of Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 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.
From 1984 to 1988, prior to earning his law degree, Ward worked in Washington, D.C. for the International Center, a human rights and foreign policy research organization.