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Karen Merrikin, JD

Qualis Health and HealthInsight Board of Directors

Karen Merrikin’s 30-year career reflects her commitment to advancing health policy. As a consultant, Ms. Merrikin, JD, assists nonprofit organizations and government agencies with addressing health innovation and coverage expansions. As a part-time Lecturer at the University of Washington School of Law, she has taught a course on legal and policy issues surrounding the Affordable Care Act.

In 2013, Ms. Merrikin was appointed to lead Washington’s State Innovations Model project on behalf of Governor Jay Inslee. Funded by a $1 million planning grant from the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), this initial work resulted in the additional award of a $65 million CMMI implementation grant. At Group Health Cooperative (now Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington) in Seattle, she was Health Reform Project Director and Senior Policy Advisor, Executive Director of Public Policy, Director of Health Policy Development, and Associate General Counsel.

Ms. Merrikin is a past board President for WithinReach, an organization connecting low-income families with food and health resources, and has been on the boards of the Association of Washington Healthcare Plans and the Washington State Health Insurance Pool.

She is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Law and McGill University in Montreal, Canada.