Kathryn (Katy) Spangler

Kathryn (Katy) Spangler is senior vice president, health policy, for the American Benefits Council, a trade association based in Washington, D.C. representing primarily Fortune 500 companies that either sponsor or administer health and retirement benefits covering more than 100 million Americans. In this role, Katy directs the development and advocacy of The Council's health policy priorities. She travels across the U.S. speaking about health care issues impacting employers. Katy also serves on the Advisory Board to The University of Michigan Center for Value-Based Insurance Design.

Katy has distinctive knowledge and extensive understanding of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), having served as deputy health policy director of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee during the health care reform debate. In this role, she successfully negotiated one of the few unanimously accepted, bipartisan amendments to the health care law giving employers greater flexibility to vary health benefits for employees participating in wellness programs.

In addition to being an expert on health insurance issues and health insurance exchanges, Katy has a deep background in health information technology issues. She was the primary drafter of the first health information technology bill to pass the U.S. Senate. Katy also negotiated one of the few bipartisan, unanimously accepted amendments to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (the stimulus law), which improved the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (the HITECH Act). She briefly served as the Director of the American Health Information Community within the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Most recently, Katy cofounded VBID Health, a consulting company that specializes in designing and promoting health benefit plans and payment policies that get more health out of every health care dollar. She also served as a Senior Advisor to The University of Michigan Center for Value-Based Insurance Design.

Katy earned a Bachelor's degree in economics from The University of Tulsa.