Non-profit

Galen Institute

Website:

galen.org

Location:

Paeonian Springs, VA

Tax ID:

54-1770524

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(3)

Budget (2018):

Revenue: $724,195
Expenses: $744,935
Assets: $1,655,960

Formation:

1996

Type:

Non-profit

President:

Grace-Marie Turner

President's Salary:

$353,760[20]

The Galen Institute is a nonpartisan, public policy think tank dedicated to advancing free-market ideas in health care. The Institute promotes individual freedom, consumer choice, and free-market competition. [1]

The Galen Institute convenes the Health Policy Consensus Group, a nonpartisan coalition of health policy analysts researching and advocating for health policy that supports free-market principles. [2] The Galen Institute is also an associate member of the State Policy Network, a coalition of free-market state-level policy organizations. [3] While the Institute is nonpartisan, members of its staff and board have affiliations with the Republican Party.

Activity

The Galen Institute is a nonpartisan, public policy think tank dedicated to advancing free market ideas in health care. The Institute promotes health freedom, consumer choice, and free market competition. [4]

The Galen Institute claims that expanding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will worsen tax inequities, increase government spending, and significantly add to family and government health care expenditures. The Institute further claims that restructuring health care premium tax credits (PTCs) primarily benefits individuals who are already insured and will not significantly reduce the number of uninsured individuals. [5]

The Galen Institute believes that short-term healthcare plans, which provide consumer choice and market competition, can improve states’ individual health-insurance markets. The Institute claims that because these plans do not need to comply with the ACA’s mandates and regulations, the plans are easier to enroll in, more affordable, and often provide next-day coverage. In support of short-term health care plans, the Institute has demonstrated that the plans had little effect on ACA enrollment but still decreased the number of uninsured individuals and provided more health care options to consumers. [6]

The Galen Institute supported the health care reforms enacted by the Trump administration, especially those surrounding health care choice and competition. The Galen Institute also supported Trump administration reforms that returned some insurance regulatory oversight to states from the federal government and eliminated the tax penalty associated with the ACA individual mandate. The Institute also favored the administration’s rules to expand healthcare coverage options through association health plans, short-term insurance plans, and health reimbursement arrangements. [7]

The Galen Institute, in partnership with the Institute for Policy Innovation and the State Policy Network, hosts conference calls with free market policy groups, state legislators, and congressional staffers to discuss healthcare reform. Past discussions have included issues like Medicaid reform, consumer-driven healthcare, and the potential impact of pending legislation on states. [8]

The Galen Institute facilitates the work of the Health Policy Consensus Group, a nonpartisan coalition of health policy analysts that research and support health policy backed by free-market principles. [9]

Funding

The Galen Institute is funded by donations from individuals, foundations, and corporations. While the Institute does not disclose its donors, tax filings show donations from the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, which contributed between 2009 and 2019;[10] Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, which contributed between 2014 and 2018;[11] and Donors Capital Fund, which contributed in 2009. [12]

People

Grace-Marie Turner is president and founder of the Galen Institute. Turner is the former executive director of the National Commission on Economic Growth and Tax Reform and formerly served on the national advisory board of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality at the Department of Health and Human Services. Turner currently sits on the board of the Steamboat Institute and is an advisor to the Catholic Medical Association and Docs4PatientCare. [13]

Doug Badger is a senior fellow at the Institute and a visiting fellow at the right-of-center Heritage Foundation. Badger formerly served as a Senior White House Adviser to former President George W. Bush, as chief of staff to former Assistant Majority Leader Don Nickles (R-OK), and as staff director of the Senate Republican Policy Committee. [14]

Brian Blase is senior fellow at the Institute. Blase formerly served as Special Assistant to the President at the White House’s National Economic Council and was considered a key architect of the Trump administration’s health policy agenda. [15]

Board of Trustees

John Hoff is a founding board member and secretary of the Galen Institute. Hoff formerly served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the Department of Health and Human Services. [16]

Beth Haynes serves as treasurer of the board of the Institute and as an executive board member and medical officer at the Benjamin Rush Institute. Haynes is the founder and president of the Black Ribbon Project, sits on the executive boards of the Dr. Joseph Warren Institute and Docs4PatientCare, and is the national co-chair of Doc Squads. [17]

Judith Brachman formerly served as Assistant Secretary at the Department of Housing and Urban Development during the Reagan administration. Brachman also sat on the Federal Long Term-Care Commission as an appointee of former U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH), and as director of the Ohio Department of Aging under former Governor George Voinovich (R). [18]

Tim Norbeck formerly served as the president and CEO of the Physicians Foundation. Norbeck is the former CEO of the Connecticut State Medical Society and the Rhode Island Medical Society. [19]

References

  1. “Mission and History.” Galen Institute, 2021. Accessed April 26, 2021. https://galen.org/about/mission-and-history/. ^
  2. “Health Policy Consensus Group.” Galen Institute, 2021. Accessed April 26, 2021. https://galen.org/projects/consensus-group/. ^
  3. “The Network: Virginia.” State Policy Network, 2021. Accessed April 24, 2021. https://spn.org/directory/#VA. ^
  4. “Mission and History.” Galen Institute, 2021. Accessed April 26, 2021. https://galen.org/about/mission-and-history/. ^
  5. Blase, Brian, PhD. “Expanded ACA Subsidies: Exacerbating Health Inflation and Income Inequality.” Galen Institute, February 2021. Accessed April 26, 2021. https://galen.org/assets/Expanded-ACA-Subsidies-Exacerbating-Health-Inflation-and-Income-Inequality.pdf. ^
  6. Blase, Brian, PhD. “Individual Health Insurance Markets Improving in States that Fully Permit Short-Term Plans.” Galen Institute, February 5, 2021. Accessed April 26, 2021. https://galen.org/2021/individual-health-insurance-markets-improving-in-states-that-fully-permit-short-term-plans-2/. ^
  7. “Blase, Brian.” “Health Reform Progress Beyond Repeal and Replace.” Galen Institute, September 2019. Accessed April 26, 2021. https://galen.org/assets/Health-Reform-Progress-Brian_Blase.pdf. ^
  8. “State Leaders Calls.” Galen Institute, 2021. Accessed April 26, 2021. https://galen.org/projects/state-leaders-call/. ^
  9. “Health Policy Consensus Group.” Galen Institute, 2021. Accessed April 26, 2021. https://galen.org/projects/consensus-group/. ^
  10. Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, Return of Private Foundation (Form 990-PF), 2009-2019, Part XV, Line 3a. ^
  11. Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America, Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (Form 990), 2014-2018, Schedule I, Part II. ^
  12. Donors Capital Fund, Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (Form 990), 2009, Schedule I, Part II. ^
  13. “Scholars and Staff.” Galen Institute, 2021. Accessed April 22, 2021. https://galen.org/about/scholars-and-staff/. ^
  14. “Doug Badger.” Heritage Foundation, 2021. Accessed April 22, 2021. https://www.heritage.org/staff/doug-badger. ^
  15. “Scholars and Staff.” Galen Institute, 2021. Accessed April 22, 2021. https://galen.org/about/scholars-and-staff/. ^
  16. “Officers and Trustees.” Galen Institute, 2021. Accessed April 22, 2021. https://galen.org/about/officers-and-trustees/. ^
  17. “Beth Haynes, MD.” LinkedIn, 2021. Accessed April 22, 2021. https://www.linkedin.com/in/beth-haynes-md-4203589/. ^
  18. “Officers and Trustees.” Galen Institute, 2021. Accessed April 22, 2021. https://galen.org/about/officers-and-trustees/. ^
  19. “Officers and Trustees.” Galen Institute, 2021. Accessed April 22, 2021. https://galen.org/about/officers-and-trustees/. ^
  20. Galen Institute Inc, Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (Form 990), 2019, Part VII, Section A, Line 1a. ^

Coalition Memberships

  1. State Policy Network (SPN)
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: December - November
  • Tax Exemption Received: March 1, 1996

  • Available Filings

    Period Form Type Total revenue Total functional expenses Total assets (EOY) Total liabilities (EOY) Unrelated business income? Total contributions Program service revenue Investment income Comp. of current officers, directors, etc. Form 990
    2018 Dec Form 990 $724,195 $744,935 $1,655,960 $15,363 N $717,353 $2,500 $3,281 $354,760 PDF
    2017 Dec Form 990 $900,771 $765,382 $1,669,551 $0 N $870,361 $15,251 $5,567 $371,520 PDF
    2016 Dec Form 990 $985,516 $862,627 $1,547,194 $0 N $950,635 $16,500 $5,941 $395,673
    2015 Dec Form 990 $1,062,904 $830,763 $1,424,305 $0 N $1,054,096 $2,000 $3,189 $352,952 PDF
    2014 Dec Form 990 $794,575 $777,116 $1,192,164 $0 N $766,870 $8,075 $1,139 $337,248 PDF
    2013 Dec Form 990 $646,295 $611,657 $1,174,705 $0 N $634,875 $1,640 $1,028 $315,000 PDF
    2012 Dec Form 990 $881,701 $834,557 $1,140,067 $0 N $843,125 $23,340 $1,638 $298,792 PDF
    2011 Dec Form 990 $874,886 $881,727 $1,092,923 $0 N $816,455 $18,800 $3,609 $241,056 PDF

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    Galen Institute

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