Sally McCarty is an experienced state and federal regulator, and national consumer advocacy expert. She joined the Center on Health Insurance Reform (CHIR) faculty at the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute as a Senior Fellow in June, 2012. Until May of 2012, McCarty was the Director of Rate Review in the Oversight Division at CMS' Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO). She began her work at CCIIO in August of 2010. McCarty directed CCIIO's Rate Review Program from the writing of the regulation that defines the program through its implementation and first eight months of operation
Prior to joining CCIIO, McCarty served as a consumer advocate for the National Hemophilia Foundation (NHF). In that position she provided advocacy and educational services related to health insurance coverage to hemophilia groups throughout the country. McCarty represented NHF for three years as a funded consumer representative in the National Association of Insurance Commissioners' (NAIC) Consumer Liaison Program and served on the Consumer Liaison Board of Trustees for two of those years.
McCarty served nearly 10 years as a state insurance regulator with the Indiana Department of Insurance, including two years as the Deputy Commissioner for Health Issues and nine months as Chief Deputy Commissioner before then Governor Frank O'Bannon appointed her to be the state's Insurance Commissioner in July of 1997. She held that position for seven years.
During her tenure as Indiana's Insurance Commissioner, McCarty served on the NAIC Executive Committee for six years and also held positions as vice-chair of the Consumer Liaison Committee, chair of the Special Committee for Health Insurance, and chair of the Consumer Liaison Board of Trustees. As Insurance Commissioner, she filled statutory roles as an Indiana Children's Health Advisory Board member and as a member of the Indiana Comprehensive Health Insurance Association (state high risk pool) Board of Directors.
McCarty holds a Master of Arts degree in Adult and Community Education from Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, and a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Journalism and Sociology from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. She was a School of Journalism Hazeltine Scholar, a program that awards one member of each graduating class a grant to fund travel and study in a foreign country.