Mainer named to national insurance panel

Posted March 24, 2010, at 6:34 p.m.

Joe Ditre, executive director of the Augusta-based nonprofit organization Consumers for Affordable Health Care, is one of 11 people nationwide appointed to represent consumers before the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.

The panel, with a total membership of 28, is charged with ensuring that policies related to health insurance contained within the newly passed national health reform bill are implemented properly and that consumers’ best interests are considered in any new national health insurance matters. The first 2010 meeting of the group is in Denver today.

Ditre said Wednesday that high-priority issues before the panel include making sure that state-level commissioners have the resources to implement new federal regulations on insurance companies, that health insurance exchanges slated to take effect in 2014 comply with federal guidelines, and that coverage plans offered through those exchanges include policies that are affordable for low- and middle-income Americans.

Ditre has 26 years of experience in researching and analyzing private and public health insurance policies and programs. He has directed Consumers for Affordable Health Care since its founding in 1988 and has served on a number of task forces and special commissions under both Republican and Democratic state administra-tions. Ditre graduated in 1983 from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He lives in Manchester.

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