February 7, 2019
The Commission’s newest Commissioner is Toni M. Fatone, who has been active in health care policy and administrative law for over 30 years, including work in both the public and private sectors. After earning her Bachelor’s degree cum laude from the University of Connecticut in 1983 (with a major in political science and a minor in history), Fatone went on to earn her Juris Doctor from the Stetson University College of Law in Saint Petersburg, Florida in 1987. She was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1987 and the Connecticut Bar in 1988.
Fatone began her career working in the Senate Clerk’s Office in the General Assembly for a year before attending law school; after graduating law school, she returned to Connecticut to pursue her interest in public policy. As Clerk of the Select Committee on Family and the Workplace, Fatone assisted in making Connecticut the first state to adopt a Family and Medical Leave Act, which became the basis for the national FMLA law. She then served as Research Attorney for the Senate Majority Caucus, and later as Legislative Liaison to the Senate in the O’Neill Administration.
Commissioner Fatone went to work for the private sector in 1990, serving from 1990 to 1991 as Manager of Government Relations at United Technologies Corporation, and then as Director of Government Relations for Sullivan and LeShane from 1991 to 1995, where she represented the State Medical Society, State Dental Association, the Anesthesiologists, Bridgeport Hospital, and the Connecticut Association of Healthcare Facilities.
In 1995, Fatone was named Executive Vice-President of the Connecticut Association of Healthcare Facilities, where she remained until 2009. From 2009 through January of 2015, she served as the CEO of TMF Healthcare Consulting, LLC, and was retained as the in-house legal expert on the Affordable Care Act at the American Healthcare Association. In that position, she traveled the country teaching member employers their responsibilities under the Affordable Care Act and established a member health insurance program for the association.
Fatone re-joined the public sector in February 2015, as Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Administrative Services, where she was responsible for providing oversight of the state’s small agency human resources functions, automobile fleet, and workers’ compensation for state employees, as well as support for the State Insurance Risk Management Board and the Claims Commission.
Congratulations Commissioner Fatone, and welcome to the Workers’ Compensation Commission!