OAK BROOK, Illinois - June 14, 2016 - Delta Dental Plans Association (DDPA) has hired Jason Daughn to serve as its vice president of government relations. In his new role, Daughn will set the government relations strategic direction, direct lobbying efforts, and manage political operations for DDPA, the national association of Delta Dental member companies which make up the nation's leading dental benefits provider, with enrollment of over 73 million Americans. Daughn will be based in DDPA's Washington, D.C., office.
Daughn brings nearly 20 years as a strategist in both the public and private sectors to his new role, most recently serving as managing principal for Three Arch Strategies, a public affairs firm with offices in Portland, Ore., and Washington, D.C. He also served for eight years as vice president of government affairs for Cambia Health Solutions, a large health care company comprised of a broad portfolio of companies including health insurance plans Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon and Utah and Regence BlueShield of Idaho and Washington.
"Jason is a skilled advocate who knows how to build coalitions and consensus. In today's changing health care environment, it's essential to have someone of Jason's background to help direct DDPA's federal strategy," said Steve Olson, DDPA president and CEO. "He is a great addition to DDPA as we continue to ensure Americans have access to quality oral health care."
Daughn also served for eight years as a senior advisor to U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, ranking member of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, where he was the senator's chief liaison to the private sector, directing special projects spanning across industry sectors and overseeing key strategic initiatives and policy development for the senator.
"Delta Dental has a strong reputation as an industry leader dedicated to the important mission of improving the nation's oral health, which plays a crucial role in people's overall health," said Daughn. "As the health care landscape continues to evolve, I'm looking forward to advancing that mission with policy leaders and stakeholders."
Currently, Daughn serves on the board of the Oregon Sports Authority, and is an Aspen Institute Health Forum Fellow. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from the University of Oregon.