Spangler is vice president of government relations at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX), where he directs the company’s state advocacy efforts.
Lee joined the organization after spending 16 years at the Texas Medical Association, where he served as vice president of medical economics. The Division of Medical Economics represents, develops policy for, and advocates for the Texas Medical Association on regulatory, socioeconomic, and health policy issues at state and federal levels. For the nine years prior to his appointment as vice president, Lee was associate general counsel practicing insurance law, health law, and administrative law for the Association.
Lee earned his undergraduate degree in business administration from Saint Edward’s University in Austin and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Dayton School of Law. Prior to working for Texas Medical Association, Lee was the acting general counsel for the Texas State Board of Physician Assistant Examiners, a staff attorney for the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners and a staff attorney with the Texas Department of Insurance where he specialized in issues relating to HMO solvency.
Among his accomplishments is his appointment to the Texas Attorney General’s HIPAA Preemption Analysis Task Force, where he assisted the Attorney General and his staff in reviewing Texas laws that relate to confidential health information. Lee also served as chair of the State Bar of Texas Health Law Section and is currently still a member.