Beshear names members to board overseeing health exchange

09/18/2012 05:26 PM

Gov. Steve Beshear appointed members Tuesday to the Health Benefit Exchange Advisory Board that will review issues and make recommendations for Kentucky’s new marketplace for health insurance mandated by the federal Affordable Care Act.

The announcement comes the day before the interim legislative committee on health and welfare will hear testimony from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services officials about the exchange. This will be the officials’ second chance to provide details about how the exchange will operate and how much it will cost the state long term. Leaders of the cabinet were unable to answer many of lawmakers’ questions about that last month.

Beshear initially proposed an 11-member board to oversee the exchange, which will match uninsured Kentuckians with private health insurance plans starting in 2014.

“We need the insight and experience of a variety of Kentuckians to ensure that the Exchange not only meets the requirements of the law, but also meets the needs of Kentuckians who will be looking for affordable health insurance,” said Beshear who is currently on an economic development trip to India.

The appointees are:

· Deborah Moessner, of Louisville, is president and general manager at Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield. She represents insurers.

· Jeff Bringardner, of Louisville, is president of Humana Inc., Kentucky. He represents insurers.

· Carl Felix, of Frankfort, is chief operating officer at Bluegrass Family Health. He represents insurers.

· Marcus G. Woodward, of Ashland, is a health insurance broker at Woodward & Associates. He represents insurance agents.

· Connie Hauser, of Barbourville, is a physical therapist at P.T. Pros Inc. She represents non-facility based providers.

· John Thompson, of Lexington, is a dentist at Thompson, Lee & Lee P.S.C. He represents non-facility based providers.

. Dr. Michael Huang, of Lexington, is a General Internal Medicine physician at Kentucky Clinic South. He represents non-facility based providers.

· Ruth Brinkley, of Louisville, is president of KentuckyOne Health. She represents facility based healthcare providers.

. Julie Paxton, of Prestonsburg, is an attorney for Mountain Comprehensive Care Center. She represents facility based healthcare providers.

· Ed Erway, of Lexington, is chief revenue officer at University of Kentucky Healthcare. He represents facility based healthcare providers.

· Donna Ghobadi, of Lexington, is vice president of revenue cycle at Central Baptist Hospital. She represents facility based healthcare providers.

· Joe Ellis, of Benton, is an optometrist at EyeCare Associates of Kentucky. He represents small employers doing business in Kentucky.

· Gabriela Alcalde, of Louisville, is a health policy officer at Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. She represents individual purchasers of health benefit plans in Kentucky.

· David Allgood, of Louisville, is director of advocacy at the Center for Accessible Living and a member of the board of directors of Kentucky Voices for Health. He represents consumer advocates or consumer representatives.

· Andrea Bennett, of Louisville, is deputy director of Kentucky Youth Advocates. She represents consumer advocates or consumer representatives.

· Tihisha Rawlins, of Louisville, is associate state director of AARP. She represents consumer advocates or consumer representatives.

· Sharon Clark is the Commissioner of the Department of Insurance. She serves as an ex officio member. The Governor also appointed Clark as chair of the board.

· Lawrence Kissner is the Commissioner of the Department for Medicaid Services. He serves as an ex officio member.

· Stephen R. Hall is Commissioner of the Department for Behavioral Health and Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities. He serves as an ex officio member.

The health benefit exchange will facilitate the purchase and sale of health plans in the individual market; assist small employers in facilitating the enrollment of their employees in health plans; provide one-stop shopping by helping individuals enroll in health plans Medicaid and KCHIP; enable individuals to receive premium tax credits and premium subsidies; and qualify small businesses for tax credits.

About Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics, the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like the connection between the high profile Steubenville, Ohio rape and a Kentucky hacker whose push for further investigation could put him in federal prison. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickStorm_cn2. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@charter.com.

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