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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Oct. 9, 2012

Affordable Care Act to be topic of first Distinguished Lecture

Jay Angoff

Jay Angoff

Jay Angoff, senior advisor for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will open Northwest Missouri State University's 2012-2013 Distinguished Lecture Series Wednesday with a presentation about the Affordable Care Act.

The lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Mary Linn Auditorium at the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts. It is free and open to the public.

"We’re bringing Jay Angoff to Northwest, and to Maryville, to help us cut through the election year noise and explain what the law says and does — and what it does not say or do — from the perspective of the government agency actually responsible for implementing the law," said Daniel Smith, assistant professor of political science at Northwest. "It’s my hope that he’ll help explain the law’s real-world benefits, as well as its limitations, so people can make informed decisions about their political positions, but more importantly about their own healthcare decisions."

In addition to his role with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Angoff is the acting regional director for Health and Human Services Region VII in Kansas City, Mo. He formerly served as senior advisor to the secretary and as the first director of the Office of Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight at Health and Human Services, where he oversaw the implementation of the health insurance provisions of the Affordable Care Act. 

Prior to joining Health and Human Services, Angoff was a partner at the Washington, D.C., law firm of Mehri and Skalet. He previously served as insurance commissioner of Missouri and was chairman of Missouri’s Commission on Health Insurance Reform. He also has served as deputy insurance commissioner of New Jersey and special assistant to the Governor for health insurance policy; as counsel to the National Insurance Consumer Organization; and as vice president for strategic planning at, an internet insurance broker and quotation service. Angoff began his career as an antitrust lawyer with the Federal Trade Commission.

The objective of the Distinguished Lecture Series is to enhance the academic environment through individual discipline and interdisciplinary topics. Supported by the Office of the Provost, the series offers the campus and Maryville communities opportunities to hear from extraordinary individuals who come from around the globe. Scholars, world travelers and leaders in their fields visit the Northwest campus to share their wisdom, insight and experiences. 

The 2012-2013 series continues with political commentators Jonah Goldberg and Peter Beinart presenting “Red vs. Blue: What the 2012 Election Means for You” on Monday, Nov. 5; Apollo 13 astronaut Fred Haise presenting “Failure is Not an Option” on Wednesday, Nov. 28; and Karen Arenson, a former education reporter for The New York Times presenting the final lecture on Tuesday, April 16, 2013.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468