Prof. Richard Teske is an independent writer and consultant on political and health care policy. For three decades he has advised and worked with international, federal and state government leaders and many of the largest managed care, pharmaceutical, biotech, medical technology, long term care and hospital companies. He is recognized as an expert on market-oriented Medicare, Medicaid, Long Term Care and Uninsured Reform. He is a contributor to the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and the Heritage Foundation. He also served for four years as a member of the Virginia Board of Health Professions.
He previously served for almost eight years in the Reagan Administration in a variety of capacities including attending the 1987 United Nations Conference on Economic and Social Policy, Official HHS Liaison to the White House, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary at HHS, and Associate Administrator for the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA).
Subsequently, Mr. Teske was a Corporate Officer and Vice President for Government Affairs and Public Policy for the international pharmaceutical company Burroughs Wellcome. Over several years, he established the Washington Office and Public Policy Departments and was heavily involved with international strategic planning functions.
He began his career at the state level as Policy and Field Operations Director for the Minnesota Republican Party (where he directed over 150 state and federal campaigns), Director of Legislative Research for the Minnesota State Senate, and as Legislative Director for both the Minnesota Medical Association and the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce. He served as Special Assistant to U.S. Senator David Durenberger (R-MN). He also ran unsuccessfully as the youngest Republican endorsed candidate for Minnesota State Treasurer in 1978.
Mr. Teske was educated at the University of Minnesota-Duluth (summa cum laude), the University of North Carolina (Kenan-Flagler Business School) and the London Business School.
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