Former Insurance Commissioner Deborah Senn Speaks at Bastyr

When: Noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Where: Room 146 (Willow Room)

Bastyr University's Center for Health Policy Leadership and the Naturopathic Medical Student Association invite the public to join a "Conversation with Deborah Senn." Light refreshments will be served.

Senn is the former insurance commissioner for Washington state (1993-2001), and a champion of natural health solutions. An attorney and consumer advocate, Senn is an expert on health care, life insurance, long-term care, property and casualty, insurance company corporate structure and pet insurance. She also consults on insurance regulation for emerging democracies having recently traveled to Vietnam, Serbia, Algeria and Paraguay.

While in office, Senn implemented key health insurance reforms and the nation's first regulations for environmental cleanup claims. She was a national leader in protecting the victims of domestic violence from insurance discrimination and was the first U.S. insurance commissioner to call for regulatory action on behalf of Holocaust victims denied insurance benefits after World War II.

Prior to serving as insurance commissioner, Senn was legal counsel to the Washington state Legislature's Joint Select Committee on Telecommunications, the House Energy and Utilities Committees.

Senn has written two plays. The latest one-woman play recounts her dramatic 2004 race for Washington state attorney general and the impact of U.S. Chamber of Commerce-funded attack ads that violated state campaign financing laws.

Posted by Mai Ling Slaughter on Tue, 04/19/2011 - 5:38pm


The Bastyr University Center for Health Policy and Leadership (CHPL) is a nonpartisan, University-based center dedicated to advancing the understanding of health policy and leadership issues. The Center:

  • Creates on-campus and external opportunities for participation in "essential, generative conversations."
  • Hosts prominent scholars and health practitioners in discussion-oriented events.
  • Provides a forum for scholarly research on health policy and leadership issues.
  • Encourages citizens to actively participate in public affairs through experiential programs.