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Sally Richardson is the Executive Director for the Institute for Health Policy Research. She has been at the Institute since its inception in 1999 and was the driving force behind the creation of the Institute. In addition to this role, she is also an associate vice president for the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center of West Virginia University.

Prior to this endeavor, Sally was with the federal Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) from 1993 -1999. She was director of the Center for Medicaid and State Operations, responsible for all Medicaid policy and operations, the Medicare Survey and Certification Program, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability operations, the Children's Health Insurance Program, Medigap policy, and HCFA's intergovernmental relations. In addition, she served for a year as HCFA's deputy administrator and for three years as the head of its Medicaid Bureau. During her tenure at HCFA, she represented the agency on a variety of departmental and White House working groups.

In early 1993, on leave of absence from the state of West Virginia, she served as a member of the White House Task Force on Health Care Reform. Before her service with the federal government, Sally held several positions in West Virginia's state government. These include director of Public Employees Insurance Agency (1989-1993), chair of the Health Care Cost Review Authority (1983-1985), deputy director of the Department of Health (1979-1983), and the assistant commissioner for the Department of Welfare (1978-1979). Sally holds an A.B. degree from Vassar College. She is also an adjunct faculty member in West Virginia University's School of Medicine.