Gary Bacher

Founding Member

Gary Bacher brings more than a decade of leadership in health care, operating at the intersection of public policy, law, regulatory affairs, and business development.  He has specific expertise in managed and organized systems of care, Medicare and Medicaid, and health care reform.  He focuses on strategic and creative problem solving and innovation, and as of late has been particularly focused on health system transformation, including the creation of health care exchanges and the integration of care delivery and payment models across acute, post-acute, and long-term care settings. 

Through his work with a nationally ranked Washington, D.C., law firm, premier health care trade association, and one of the nation’s leading health care companies, Gary has become a recognized national expert on health care reform, working with a wide range of health plans, providers, employers, state-based exchanges, and governmental organizations.  He has also served as a policy and legal adviser on a broad range of issues, including fraud and abuse, antitrust, HIPAA, government payment systems, and FDA rules and regulations.

Gary served on active military duty as a Captain in the U.S. Army, posted to the Pentagon as Assistant to the Army General Counsel from 1996–2000.

Most recently Gary was Of Counsel in Mintz Levin’s Health Law Practice and Senior Vice President at ML Strategies, the firm’s consulting affiliate.  With Mintz Levin, Gary focused on regulatory, public policy, and transactional issues in the health care sector and was deeply involved in health care reform.  Prior to joining Mintz Levin and ML Strategies, Gary was Senior Vice President at America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), where he led the Association’s policy development work on health care reform and regulatory implementation, focusing on complex policy and implementation issues requiring a cross-functional approach that bridged the areas of public policy, law and economic/actuarial science.

Before joining AHIP, Gary served as Vice President of Public Affairs at UnitedHealth Group, where he led strategic and regulatory affairs advocacy for the company’s Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D prescription drug plans.  He also served as Vice President in a business development capacity, and has deep experience in issues concerning pharmacy benefits management in addition to a range of health plan activities.  Toward that end, in addition to his health plan experience, Gary also previously worked on legal and public policy issues at the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) trade group.

Gary continues to direct the work of the AHIP Foundation’s Institute for Health Systems Solutions (IHSS), and has served on the Advisory Board for the Bloomberg BNA publication, Health Insurance Report.

Gary holds a JD from Stanford Law School, an MPA from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School and a Bachelors’ degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.  He is admitted to the District of Columbia and New York Bars.