Cathy Grason joined the Government Relations Team at CareFirst in January 2019. Prior to this, she served as Chief of Staff to Maryland Insurance Commissioner, Al Redmer, Jr., since 2016. In this capacity, she managed the MIA’s policy activities and oversaw the Government Relations, Public Affairs, and Regulatory Affairs Units. She also managed the agency’s participation and advocacy within the National Association of Insurance Commissioners’ (NAIC).
Cathy began her career at the Insurance Administration in 2014 as the Director of Regulatory Affairs and NAIC Liaison, where she advised the Insurance Commissioner on regulatory policy, managed the MIA’s day to day regulatory activity, and oversaw the MIA’s participation with the NAIC.
Prior to her tenure with the MIA, Cathy served for over four years as a Legislative Analyst and Legislative Counsel in the Life and Protection Division of the Transamerica/AEGON companies. In this capacity, she was the lead attorney tracking federal and state health insurance legislation and regulations, including the Affordable Care Act, for Transamerica. Cathy also served as Transamerica’s representative on several committees within America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), and covered health insurance matters at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) for the company. While her Government Relations responsibilities focused primarily on supplemental health insurance products and direct response and affinity marketing methodologies, Cathy also worked on issues involving medical stop-loss, travel, disability, credit and life insurance products for Transamerica. Prior to her tenure with Transamerica, Cathy spent two legislative sessions as a registered lobbyist in Annapolis.
Cathy holds a B.A. degree in Philosophy, with honors, from the University of Maryland, and a J.D., with a concentration in Government Service and Regulatory Institutions, from the University of Baltimore School of Law, where she graduated cum laude. She is a member of the bar in Maryland, the District of Columbia and the United States District Court for the District of Maryland. She is a 2016 recipient of The Daily Record’s “Leading Women” Award, and a 2018 recipient of The Daily Record’s “Leadership in Law-Generation J.D.” Award. She resides in Baldwin with her husband and two daughters.