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Former Senator David Durenberger
Chair, National Institute of Health Policy  

David Durenberger served as a senator for Minnesota from 1978 to 1995. He serves now as senior health policy fellow at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, Minn., and chairs the National Institute of Health Policy (NIHP). 

The NIHP plays a unique role in health care reform in the United States. NIHP members are healthcare, health plan, and business organizations from six states in the Upper Midwest whose goal is to transform the healthcare system and thereby influence national health policy change. 

Sen. Durenberger gained national health policy leadership as a 16-year member of the Senate Finance Committee plus six years as Health Subcommittee chair. He served eight years on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and 12 on the Environment Committee. 

Today, he influences the future of the nation’s two major public health programs as a member of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) and of the Kaiser Foundation Commission on the Future of Medicaid and the Uninsured. He also is a board member at the National Committee on Quality Assurance. Sen. Durenberger was named by Gov. Tim Pawlenty to lead the Minnesota Citizens Forum on Health Care Costs, an inside-out approach to healthcare reform in Minnesota. 

He is a board advisor to the Medical Technology Leadership Forum (MTLF). He is author of Prescription for Change and Neither Madman Nor Messiahs and teaches and speaks nationally on the future of healthcare delivery and policy.