Mitra Behroozi is the Executive Director of the 1199SEIU Benefit and Pension Funds, which provide comprehensive self-insured, self-administered healthcare and retirement benefits to members and retirees of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, New York’s largest union representing healthcare workers and their dependents. The four Benefit Funds cover more than 400,000 lives and spend more than $1.8 billion annually on health benefits. Under Ms. Behroozi’s leadership, the Benefit Funds developed innovative cost containment programs that will save nearly $3.3 billion in health costs by 2018. In addition, she administers three Pension Funds with more than $11 billion in assets, which pay out nearly $850 million a year in pension benefits to 97,000 retired workers and their beneficiaries.
Ms. Behroozi has over 25 years of combined experience in the fields of employment law and employee benefits. Prior to joining the Funds in 2003, she was a partner in Levy, Ratner & Behroozi, P.C. (now known as Levy Ratner, P.C.), a law firm specializing in labor, employment and employee benefits law, and served as principal counsel for 1199SEIU. Ms. Behroozi served on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) from 2006 through 2012, where she was one of 17 commissioners analyzing issues affecting Medicare and providing recommendations to the United States Congress. From 2010 through 2013, she served on the National Advisory Council for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). She is currently on the Board of Directors of Healthix and its predecessor, New York’s Downstate Regional Health Information Organization.
Ms. Behroozi is a frequent public speaker on a variety of healthcare and employment issues. She has participated in panels, roundtables and healthcare summits at such institutions as Cornell University, New York University School of Law and the Fordham University School of Business.
Ms. Behroozi received a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University and a Juris Doctor from the New York University School of Law.