John O’Rourke was born and raised in New York City. He received a master’s degree in economics from Brooklyn College in 1968. Currently he resides in St Louis, Missouri. He has been married to his wife Denise for 42 years and is blessed with two children and two grandchildren,
During his career John spent over 40 years working in the health care industry. He has extensive experience in public policy, managed care administration, health insurance and government programs.
Prior to his retirement in 2005 John was the president of The Central Region for WellPoint Health Networks. He managed a group of health insurance companies that included Blue Cross of Missouri, Healthlink and Unicare. The Central Region covered multiple states and included 4 thousand employees and over 3 million plan members. He was responsible for seeing that these insurance companies functioned properly, were profitable and adhered to regulatory requirements. During his tenure with WellPoint John played a key role establishing the Missouri Foundation for Health which is a large philanthropic organization focused on improving the health status of Missouri residents.
Prior to joining WellPoint John was the founding President of Healthlink and the Chairman of the Board of Right Choice Managed Care a publically traded company. He was also a member of the Board of Directors of the National Blue Cross Association and Chairman of their Health Policy Committee.
John worked in Washington DC for over 15 years and was the Deputy Director of the Federal HMO program and a senior policy analyst in the Office of the US Surgeon General.
Currently John is a member of the Board of Directors of St Luke’s Hospital in St Louis Missouri.