Thomas R. Lussier
Tom Lussier is President of The Lussier Group, a governmental affairs consulting firm based in Massachusetts. Tom and his team initiated the creation of the Public Sector HealthCare Roundtable in 2005 and he continues to serve as its Administrator. In addition to his work on behalf of the Roundtable, The Lussier Group offers a full range of government-related consulting services and legislative representation primarily focused on public employee pension and health benefits. The firm is actively engaged in the management of national coalitions – including the Coalition to Preserve Retirement Security and the Roundtable.
Tom previously served as Executive Director and CEO of the Massachusetts Teachers’ Retirement System (MTRS). For nearly 19 years, he was responsible for the administration of retirement benefits for approximately 110,000 active and retired teachers and school administrators of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Tom served as President of the National Council on Teacher Retirement (NCTR) and represented NCTR on the Public Pension Coordinating Council (PPCC). He served as Chairman of the Coalition to Preserve Retirement Security (CPRS) from 1999 to 2003, a national organization committed to the preservation of independent state, school and local government retirement systems, which provide solid, comprehensive benefits for their members. Mr. Lussier testified before the Subcommittee on Social Security of the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means, and has successfully urged Congress not to impose mandatory universal Social Security coverage.
He has been an instructor with the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans’ Certificate of Achievement in Public Plan Policy (CAPPP™) in Employee Pensions and is a former member of the Foundation’s Public Employee Committee.
Previously, he served as the First Deputy Commissioner of the Massachusetts Division of Public Employee Retirement Administration and was elected to four terms in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. He has the distinction of being the youngest person elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives; he was first elected in 1977 at the age of nineteen. In 1976, Mr. Lussier was elected to the City Council in Pittsfield, MA.
Mr. Lussier is a past President of the National Preretirement Education Association, a former member of the Massachusetts Retirement Law Commission, and a former Trustee of the Methuen Contributory Retirement System in Methuen, MA.
Roundtable Senior Policy Adviser
Andrew MacPherson provides comprehensive strategic guidance, in-depth policy analysis, legislative strategy, and communications and messaging development on wide-range of federal health policy and political issues, including those related to the implementation of Affordable Care Act (ACA), quality and value-based purchasing, Medicare, Medicaid, prescription drug coverage and pharmaceutical cost containment, long-term care services and supports, chronic care management, and public and private insurance coverage expansions.
Through his work with dozens of public and private stakeholders at the local, state, regional and federal level, Andrew has a special emphasis on policy and political issues related to advanced illness and end-of-life. Andrew currently serves as Senior Advisor to several national organizations including the National Partnership for Hospice Innovation, the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC), and End Well: Design for the End-of-Life Experience and is a member of the National POLST Paradigm Leadership Council. He regularly speaks to national audiences on a variety of health policy and political issues, and particularly those related to advanced illness and end-of-life care.
Prior to his current work, Andrew was Founder and Principal of MacPherson Strategic, Inc., a health care policy, legislative strategy, and communications consulting firm. MacPherson Strategic served a diverse set of health care stakeholder clients, including consumer groups, broad-based coalitions, innovative health care start-ups, and the largest health care purchasers.
Prior to founding MacPherson Strategic, Andrew served as Director of Government Affairs at Jennings Policy Strategies, Inc. (JPS), a nationally recognized health policy consulting firm led by Chris Jennings, Former Senior Health Care Advisor to President Barack Obama and previously to President Bill Clinton. From 2007-2013, Mr. MacPherson staffed a wide variety of client and pro bono initiatives in the policy, political, and communications arenas with JPS, Inc., such as the Bipartisan Policy Center health reform project with former Majority Leaders Baker, Daschle, Dole and Mitchell, presidential campaigns including Obama for America and Hillary Clinton for President, and the Clinton Global Initiative. While at JPS, Andrew researched and co-authored numerous articles and speeches on a range of health policy issues.
From 2005 to 2007, Andrew served in the Government Relations Department with the American Psychiatric Association (APA). At APA, Andrew developed national policy positions, conducted in-depth research on physician access and reimbursement, and engaged on all aspects of targeted lobbying activities including those related to implementation of the Medicare Part D drug benefit, physician reimbursement under Medicare and mental health “parity” legislation.
From 2001 to 2004, Andrew worked for a range of policy and political organizations and elected officials, including Senator Carl Levin (D-Mich.), Democratic Governors’ Association, Vermont Democratic Party, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Penn, Schoen & Berland Associates, Inc., a market research and strategic communications consulting firm based in Washington, D.C.
Originally from Vermont, Andrew received a B.A. in Political Science from The George Washington University in May 2005.