We are delighted to announce that we have hired Jina Ragland as Associate State Director for Advocacy and Outreach with AARP Nebraska.
Jina was the Vice President of Advocacy and Regulation with the Nebraska Medical Association for the past 9 years. While there she was involved in the management and oversight of the physician specialty society organizations and was promoted to direct and implement the NMA’s legislative agenda; advocating on behalf of over 3,000 physicians in the state, working closely with state lawmakers, lobbying teams, and coalitions, making laws that best accommodate the health, safety and overall well-being for Nebraskans.
She has extensive work experience with insurance regulation surrounding Medicare, Medicaid and private health insurance. Prior to working at the Nebraska Medical Association, Jina was the Program Director for the Nebraska Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) through the Nebraska Department of Insurance and was instrumental in the implementation and roll out of the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Program in Nebraska while also providing oversight management of a statewide volunteer base to assist in advocating and providing assistance to Nebraska Medicare beneficiaries and their families. Additionally, she has extensive experience in long term care and aging services through her work with the Area Agencies on Aging, skilled nursing facilities, and the Quality Improvement Organization.
Jina is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is a Governor appointed member of the Nebraska Women’s Health Advisory Committee, Nebraska Society of Association Executives, in addition to actively participating in various professional coalitions, community groups and activities that surround her family.