James R. Tallon, Jr.

James R. Tallon, Jr., a nationally recognized health care policy leader, is Chairman of the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured and President of the United Hospital Fund of New York, the nation’s oldest federated charity. The Fund addresses critical issues affecting hospitals and health care in New York City through health services research and policy analysis, education and information activities, and grantmaking.

Mr. Tallon is chairman of the board of The Commonwealth Fund and Secretary/Treasurer of the Alliance for Health Reform. He is a member of the boards of the Institute on Medicine as a Profession and the New York eHealth Collaborative, and the advisory board for the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence. He is a member of the New York State Board of Regents. He has held visiting lecturer appointments at the Columbia University and Harvard University Schools of Public Health.

Prior to joining the Fund in 1993, Mr. Tallon served in the New York State Assembly for nineteen years, beginning in 1975. He was Chair of the health committee from 1979 to 1987, and Majority Leader from 1987 to 1993.

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