WILLIAM (Bill) HAGENS                  return to HCR homepage


Present Position:


Senior Health Policy Advisor

    Medical Assistance Administration

    Department of Social and Health Services 2002 - Present



Health Agency Participation:


Governor’s Health Care Subcabinet

Washington State Health Insurance Pool (WSHIP) Board 

Washington State Health Care Facilities Authority 

The Public Employee Benefits Board (PEBB) Advisory Committee

The Rural Health Summit Coordination Committee

OIC Enforcement Team

The State Medical Directors’ Committee

State Grant on Health Insurance Access Advisory Team

State’ Prescription Drug Program Advisory Team



Current Academic Appointments:


Clinical Professor

School of Public Health & Community Medicine,

University of Washington 1984-



Previous Position:


Deputy Commissioner and Health Policy Advisor

             Washington State Office of Insurance Commissioner 1999-2002


Part-time Instructor

      Pacific Lutheran University 1979-81


Senior Research Analyst, Health Care Committee

Washington State House of Representatives 1974-99


Human Service Advocate and Lobbyist

 Pierce County Legal Assistance 1971-74



Lead House staff member for the following Acts:


Child Abuse and Neglect Act                                            1975

Juvenile Justice Act                                                          1977

Jail Reform Act                                                                 1978

Community Mental Health Act                                          1983

Basic Health Plan                                                              1987

High Risk Health Pool                                                      1987

Health Care Authority Creation                                         1988         

Omnibus AIDS Act                                                           1988

Maternity Care Access Act (First Steps)                          1989

Department of Health creation                                          1989

Trauma Care System                                                         1991

Washington Health Services Act                                       1993

Health Reform Improvement Act                                       1995

Mandated Benefit Review Act                                          1997         


Other Committee Activity:


Health Care Commission                                                  1990-92

Washington Health Care Project Commission                   1986

Joint Select Committee on Public Health                          1985

Joint Select Committee on Managed Health                      1983

Joint Select Committee on Child Abuse                            1981

House Select Committee on Criminal Justice                    1979

House Institutions Committee                                            1977-81

House Social and Health Services Committee                  1974-77




Other Professional Activities & Memberships:


Member, Advisory Committee, University of Washington's School of Nursing

Member, Washington State Core Government Public Health Functions Task Force

Member, Executive Committee, National Academy For State Health Policy

Member, Advisory Committee Washington State Center for Health Statistics

Member, Board of Directors, Western Washington Area Health Education Center

Member, National Conference for State Legislatures Forum for State Health Policy Leadership

Member, National Association of Insurance Commissioners

Member, American Public Health Association

Member, Child and Adolescent Service System (CASSP) Advisory Committee,

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, University of Washington

Reviewer, Policy Studies Review and Health Affairs

Assisted transition teams of Governors Ray, Spellman, Gardner, and Lowry

Frequent guest speaker on health care policy issues

Educational Background


B.A.            Saginaw Valley College              Political Science                     1969

M.A.           Wayne State University               Political Science                     1971 

ABD.         University of Washington  Social Welfare                                    1993

Honors and Fellowships:


      Recipient, National Academy for State Health Policy Award                                    2003

      Recipient, Foundation for Russian-American Economic Cooperation Fellowship     2002

        (June: Advise the Sakha Republic’s health leaders on policy development)

     Recipient, Washington Health Foundation “Hero” Award                                           2002

      Recipient, Washington State Public Health Association Annual Award                     1993

      Recipient, World Health Organisation Travel Fellowship                                         1992

              (Studied health care systems in 8 European countries)

      Recipient, Washington State Public Health Association President's Award               1987

      Recipient, National Institute of Mental Health Graduate Student Fellowship             1979

      Member, Pi Sigma Alpha (National Political Science Honor Society)                       1971



Biographical Listing:  


Marquis Who's Who in the West 1989- 

Marquis Who's Who America 2000-