Scott Lakin is past Director of the Regional Health Care Initiative for the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) and is also President of Lakin Consulting, LLC, a consulting firm in the areas of Insurance, Health Care, Government, Education and business. He serves as a board member and Vice-President of Keystone Mutual Insurance Company, a Missouri medical liability company which he helped to create.
He graduated in May of 2011 with an Executive MBA from the Henry Bloch School of Business and Public Administration at the University of Missouri at Kansas City and continues to support the program. He is currently teaching Insurance & Risk Management as an Adjunct Professor at the Bloch Business School and has also taught Health Management at Ottawa University and Park University (2014 to 2017).
Lakin served in the Missouri House of Representatives from 1993 to 2001. During his time as a state representative, Lakin was appointed Chairman of a number of important and influential committees including the Joint Committee on Health Care Policy and Planning (1994-1997), the committee on Social Services and Corrections Appropriations (1997) and the committee on Education, Public Safety and Judiciary Appropriations (1998-2001). In addition, he served as Chairman of the Missouri Certificate of Need Committee and the Missouri Consolidated Health Care Plan for state employees.
Among Rep. Lakin’s many legislative accomplishments he is known as the original sponsor of Missouri’s SCHIP program known as MC+ for Kids (1998) which insured over 100,000 Missouri children. He also was chief sponsor of a bill to improve Missouri’s immunization rates for children age 0 to 3. This bill increased the rate of properly immunized children ages 0 to 3 from 51% to 90% in less than 3 years. In addition, he was one of the original sponsors and supporters of Missouri’s A+ Schools Program helping increase access and the affordability of higher education.
After an unsuccessful run for Missouri State Treasurer in 2000, Rep. Lakin was appointed in March of 2001 by Governor Bob Holden to be the 44th Director of the Missouri Department of Insurance. As Director, Lakin was responsible for a Department of 225 employees and a budget of $13.7 million.
During his service as Insurance Director, Lakin was known for his emphasis on consumer services, helping the state handle a St. Louis hailstorm which was the largest property and casualty loss in state history. He also dealt with multiple incidents of severe tornado destruction and the crisis in the states’ medical liability markets.
Lakin also brought improvements within the department with the development of systems that produced more efficiency in both the policy approval process and the agent licensing division and made major strides in improving consumer services. Lakin and his insurance department were instrumental in passing legislation to require “prompt pay” to Missouri physicians and other providers by insurance companies. Lakin left the department in January of 2005 to pursue his work in consulting.
His work at the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) as Director of the Regional Health Care Initiative has resulted in successful initiatives and programs including:
- After hours/Care Coordination – helped demonstrate to area safety net providers and FQHC’s the importance of after hour care and have overseen a successful initiative providing care coordination for the uninsured.
- Navigator/CAC Hub – Instrumental in helping regional clinics and organizations interested in enrolling uninsured through the Federal Marketplace. Helping to organize, foster collaboration, and provide strong outreach and problem solving to establish MARC in the Kansas City region as a “hub” for information and help to those regional organizations doing enrollments.
- Community Health Care Workers – Worked with the committee and the Metropolitan Community College to establish a training curriculum and promoted job opportunities for CHWs and is currently working with Missouri officials on a statewide basis.
- Oral Health Access – Helped expand training statewide for dental assistants and implementing a successful pilot program to divert patients from emergency rooms to an oral health home. In addition, as Chair and Board Member of the Missouri Coalition for Oral Health he helped establish funding for a Dental Director in Missouri and to pass Medicaid funding for oral health for adults in Missouri.
- Health Information Exchange Project – Oversaw the implementation of an initiative connecting safety net clinics, mental health providers and hospitals to other providers and to improve secure messaging of patient information between providers in the Health Information Exchange.
Lakin currently resides in the Kansas City region in Liberty, Missouri with his wife Cindy, an educator and Elementary School Principal in the North Kansas City School District. Together they have three grown children, Kyle, Caroline and Chris.