Shook the world of insurance companies in Montana
Marilyn Bartlett — a self-described pushy 64-year old grandma who shook the world of insurance companies in Montana by relentlessly negotiating unprecedented health benefits cost for government employees.
Profession: Special Projects Coordinator, Health Care and Benefits Division Administrator
Best known for: Fierce and well-executed negotiations for the state of Montana employees, leading disruptive change!
Contribution to success: Preparedness, curiosity, and courage. Never giving up asking “why”. Knowing all the facts. Being prepared to take criticism and push-back
Interesting fact: As a result of Ms. Bartlett’s successful negotiations, Montana went from projecting $9m deficit to more than $100 m surplus.
Why we chose her: In 2015 Ms. Bartlett was hand-picked to fix Montana’s state employees health insurance plans. And she had a year to do what has never been done before and what Congress failed to do on a national scale. Slashing healthcare costs is a feat of massive scale, and Ms. Bartlett took the challenge head on, never once wavering from her commitment to succeed, despite fear and setbacks.
Our favorite quotes by Ms. Bartlett:
“People told me it could not be done before”
“I would say just keep your goal in mind. Stay focused. Have each other’s back and be open to hearing what might come forth.”