In Memoriam: Jim Mays

It is with profound sadness that we announce the death of Actuarial Research Corporation’s Vice President, Jim Mays, who passed away unexpectedly on December 15, 2016.

James Winston Mays was born in Harrisonburg, Virginia in 1953, the son of William and Charlotte Mays and younger brother of Cecil Elizabeth Mays of Virginia Beach, Virginia.  He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics from Bridgewater College in 1975, and received a Master of Science degree in computer science from the University of Virginia in 1979.

Jim joined ARC as one of its first employees, in 1979, following the conclusion of his studies at UVA.  Over the course of the next 37 years, he became known for his work in quantitative analysis of health care financing structures. He directed the development of a data base of employer-sponsored health insurance plans which has been used to examine the effect of proposals to alter the tax exclusion for employer payments for health insurance, developed a quantitative model that allows simulation of the effects of small group rate regulation reform, and developed algorithms for incorporating health risk adjustors into rate reform.

Jim participated in all of the major domestic health initiatives of the past three decades.  He worked on developing comprehensive premium estimates for the Minimum Health Benefits for All Workers Act of 1987, and since then was actively involved in analyzing implementation problems of mandated coverage proposals.  During 1992, he served as one of two non-government members of the Bush Administration’s White House Task Force on Health Risk Pooling, and in 1993 he was a member of the Clinton Administration’s Health Reform Task Force.  Jim worked with the US Department of Health and Human Services to develop regulatory impact analyses for privacy regulations under the 1996 Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and he assisted the Department in analysis of Medicare beneficiaries’ prescription drug spending and in its presidentially‑mandated study of prescription drug pricing. He assisted the Medicare Office of the Actuary in modeling enrollee behavior under alternative premium support models tied to the Obama Administration comprehensive Medicare reform.

Over the past several years, Jim had been primarily focused on analysis of Medicare reform proposals and in modeling potential effects of the Affordable Care Act.  This analysis included topics such as spending patterns for Medicare beneficiaries under alternative cost-sharing restructuring proposals, effects of ACA coverage expansions on required spending levels in various programs, and effects of moving Children’s Health Insurance Program coverage to qualified health plans through marketplaces.

Jim’s influence extended beyond the United States.  He shared his expertise with the World Bank in the Philippines, Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain, and Qatar, developing and refining models to simulate the effects of changes in health care delivery and financing.  His ability to mediate between the worlds of policy and data was respected and sought after worldwide.

Closer to home, Jim was a valued director and mentor at ARC, guiding young analysts as they began their careers in the analysis of fast-growing and rapidly evolving health care financing systems. His soft-spoken manner, low‑key managerial style, and dry sense of humor did much to cushion the fast pace and high pressure of the work he directed.

Throughout his life, Jim was an accomplished analyst, a subject-matter expert, a leader, a mentor, and a friend. His quiet accomplishments have strengthened health care systems here and around the world. An organ and tissue donor, Jim continues to serve others even in death.

Jim is survived by his wife of 39 years, Andrea, his three children, Laura, Robert, and Richard, and by his four granddaughters, Joanna, Susan, Daphne and Elizabeth.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that if you would like to make a contribution to please consider the Washington Regional Transplant Community (WRTC) (http://www.beadonor.org/get-involved/make-a-contribution) or the American Heart Association (https://donatenow.heart.org/).

If you have pictures or memories of Jim that you’d like to share with his family, please email them to Shelly Windsor at mhw@aresearch.com.

Gordon R. Trapnell

President

Gordon R. Trapnell is a nationally recognized expert in analyzing the feasibility and estimating the cost of private and public insurance programs. He has prepared cost estimates for major new federal insurance initiatives, providing the data needed by public officials to reach important policy decisions. His analysis has served as the basis for evaluating the major national health insurance proposals developed by the Administration and Congress.

Mr. Trapnell has extensive experience analyzing the actuarial problems faced by public sector insurance and employee benefit programs, especially Medicaid and Medicare. He has been retained by the Congressional Budget Office by every Administration in the past 40 years and by a variety of other interested parties to analyze the cost and financial impacts of major proposals to change the financing of U.S. health care.  His estimates have also been used to analyze the impact of proposals to reform small group and individual health insurance markets.

Mr. Trapnell began his actuarial career at the Life Insurance Company of Virginia. As the group actuary, he was responsible for developing the benefit package and premium rates for Virginia-North Carolina 65, an open enrollment program for senior citizens that predated the Medicare program. Prior to forming ARC, he was the senior actuary responsible for Medicare in the Social Security Administration. In this capacity, he was responsible for preparing long-range Medicare cost estimates, determining tax rates and enrollee premiums, and estimating the effect of proposed legislative changes to the program. He also assisted the staff at the Congressional Committees concerned with social insurance in proposing and drafting new legislation.

Mr. Trapnell is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and Member of the American Academy of Actuaries.  He holds a B.S. degree in mathematics from the University of Virginia and completed preliminary examinations for a Ph.D. in finance and health economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Michele “Shelly” Windsor

Chief Financial Officer

Shelly Windsor joined ARC in 1990.  She has over 26 years of experience leading the direction and oversight of financial, administrative and human resource functions.  This includes accounting, contracts, finance, forecasting, budgeting, compliance, employee benefits, and proposal development.  She has a B.S. in business administration from Stayer College.  She completed her accounting coursework at the University of Virginia, and is a Certified Public Accountant in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Dan Waldo

Vice President

Dan Waldo joined ARC as a senior economist in December 2008, after a 34-year career in the U.S. Government Civil Service. Mr. Waldo designs and implements computer models to analyze the effects of changes in health policy, and helps to support demonstration operations and evaluation through claims analysis.

Prior to joining ARC, Mr. Waldo held a number of positions in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, including acting director of the Office of Strategic Planning. His technical activities were concentrated in measurement of health care financing in general and of the Federal Medicare program in particular. Mr. Waldo was the architect of the Reagan Administration actuarial cost estimates of the Medicare Catastrophic Coverage Act drug benefit, and was part of the HCFA Office of the Actuary team providing cost estimates for the Clinton Administration health reform initiative. He has provided technical assistance to the World Bank, the World Health Organization, and the Organization for Economic Cooperation in the development of frameworks for measuring and tracking health expenditure.

Mr. Waldo holds a M.A. degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin and completed the academic requirements for a Ph.D. degree in public policy from the University of Maryland – Baltimore County.