Instructor Bio

Marilyn J Bartlett

Marilyn Bartlett earned a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Nevada, and taught high school for one year, an experience that sent her promptly back to school to complete the Accounting/Finance program at Montana State University - Billings. She then became a CPA, followed by CMA, CGMA, and CFM designations.

Marilyn turned immediately to the business world, holding financial management positions in various industries. Her focus narrowed to health care financial management, serving as Controller for BCBSMT, CFO for a regional TPA, and Special Projects Coordinator for the Montana Commissioner of Securities and Insurance.

Marilyn then took the helm of the State of Montana Employee Benefit Plan in late 2014, moving the Plan from projected reserves of -$9 million to $112 million in less than 3 years. She disrupted the status quo by implementing reference-based contracting with all Montana hospitals; transparent, pass through pharmacy benefit; enhanced primary care on-site health clinics; vendor management systems; cloud based enrollment/administration system, and a cloud based data warehouse.

For her accomplishments, she appeared in an article co-published by National Public Radio and ProPublica, was selected #13 of Fortune Magazine’s World’s 50 Greatest Leaders of 2019 and was recently inducted into the Montana Business Hall of Fame by Montana State University – Billings.

Marilyn currently serves as a Senior Policy Fellow for the National Academy of State Policy (NASHP), addressing hospital pricing.

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