COLUMBIA, MO, December 22, 2017, Missouri Health Connection (MHC) is proud to announce its newest board member, Brian Colby, Policy Director, Missouri Budget Project.

Brian is a life-long Missourian and has spent the majority of his professional career involved in health care where he has been a strong advocate for better and affordable health care for all the citizens. Prior to his position with the Missouri Budget Project, he spent the seven years working with the Missouri Health Advocacy Alliance on health policy at both the state and national levels, where he successfully advocated for the consumer and the underserved. Prior to that, he was the coordinator for health policy for the Missouri Association for Social Welfare. Brian is a 2010 scholarship recipient of the National Academy for State Health Policy conference, with a focus on delivery system reform. That same year he was invited to serve on the Missouri Stakeholder Advisory Group aiding the State of Missouri’s process to implement the Affordable Care Act under the direction of the Missouri’s Medicaid Director and the Director of Social Services. In 2011, he was invited to serve in a similar role on the Missouri Medical Home Collaborative, which provided stakeholder input and engagement that led the way towards the creation of the Missouri Health Home Council.  For several years, Brian has been an unfunded consumer representative for the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.  Brian grew up in Kansas City and attended the University of Missouri, Bishop Miege High School and Visitation grade school.


About Missouri Budget Project

The Missouri Budget Project (MBP) is nonprofit public policy analysis organization that analyzes state budget, tax, health and economic issues. The Missouri Budget Project provides independent, objective research and analysis of state budget and tax issues. The following principles underlie MBP’s work:

  • Quality services (health, education, transportation, etc.) provide the foundation upon which a strong economy is built.
  • Government plays an integral role in providing quality services.
  • All Missourians should share responsibility for the provision of services.
  • Transparent and accountable decision-making regarding the expenditure of public funds enhances public trust.
  • Quality information is required for good decision-making.
  • Public engagement ensures good decisions and is important to ensure transparency and accountability


About Missouri Health Connection

As one of the largest health information exchange (HIE) networks in the United States, MHC provides the groundbreaking technological framework that enables health care providers to administer quality care to their patients. Through implementation of Missouri’s only secure, state-wide health information network, MHC’s participant network distributes over half of Missouri’s inpatient care. MHC currently provides over 7,000 physicians, hundreds of clinics and community health centers and more than 70 hospitals with a secure and accelerated network to access patient health records. From a solo physician practice to the largest multi-hospital health system, MHC’s services are designed to support a wide and diverse range of health care provider organizations. MHC’s primary objective is to improve patient care and help save lives through coordinating care, avoiding treatment duplication and reducing preventable errors. MHC guarantees the delivery of more complete and accurate information at the point of care. MHC is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization governed by a board of directors. For more information, visit

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