Maurice J. McKay
Maurice J. McKay was the chief executive officer of
Group Health Plan, Inc. from 1960 to 1982. He was one of the leading pioneer managers
of a successful member-owned and managed health care system. Under his stewardship,
Group Health grew from a struggling plan of a few hundred members to a membership
of over 200,000.
Group Health, Inc. served as a model that led to the
extensive development of health maintenance organizations (HMOs) and to the resulting
revolutions of the American healthcare system. McKay gave strong support to the
organization and development of other midwestern health plans as well. He played
a key role in obtaining enactment of a nonprofit law governing HMOs in Minnesota.
McKay served on the board of directors of the Group Health Association of America
for nearly a quarter of a century.