Healthcare Reform Briefing:
How Will Reform Impact
Providers, Payors and Individuals?
The Honorable Tommy Thompson
Former Secretary of the
US Department of Health & Human Services
Gordon E. Inman Center - Frist Lecture Hall
Belmont University Campus
Governor Thompson served as the 19th Secretary of Health and Human Services from 2001 to 2005. During his tenure, Health and Human Services employed more than 60,000 personnel and had a fiscal year 2004 budget in excess of $500 billion, representing more than a quarter of all federal expenditures. Earlier, Governor Thompson served as Governor of Wisconsin for four terms, from 1987 to 1998. During his tenure, Governor Thompson extended health insurance to many low-income children and families through The BadgerCare Program, Wisconsin's Medicaid/State Children's Health Insurance Program for uninsured families. As of November 2000, The BadgerCare Program had more than 77,000 enrollees. He also created Wisconsin's Pathways to Independence, the nation's first program to allow the disabled to enter the workforce without fear of losing health benefits. The program provides ready access to a coordinated system of services and benefits counseling.
Governor Thompson has received numerous awards for his public service, including the Anti-Defamation League's Distinguished Public Service Award, the Horatio Alger Award (1998), and Governing Magazine's Public Official of the Year Award (1997). Governor Thompson also served as chairman of the National Governors' Association, the Education Commission of the States, and the Midwestern Governors' Conference.