Members announced for Maine’s health insurance exchange panel

Posted Aug. 04, 2011, at 5:38 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage announced appointments to the Advisory Committee on Maine’s Health Insurance Exchange on Thursday. The committee was established through a resolve by the 125th Legislature.

After consultation with the chairmen and lead minority members of the Joint Standing Committee on Insurance and Financial Services, LePage has appointed nine members, according to a release from his office.

Members will include Dan McCormack, CEO of Intermed; Steven Michaud, president of the Maine Hospital Association; Kristine Ossenfort, director of government relations at Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield; Joel Allumbaugh, CEO of the National Worksite Benefit Group; lawyer Daniel J. Bernier; Jamie Bissonette Lewey, chairman of the Maine Indian Tribal State Commission; Edward Kane, vice president for Maine at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care; David R. Clough, Maine state director of the National Federation of Independent Business; and Joseph Bruno, chairman of the Dirigo Health Agency board of trustees. Bruno will serve as committee chairman.

The committee has been established to develop and provide recommendations to the governor and the Legislature for a health insurance exchange that addresses the core areas specified by the federal government and consider the views of the health care industry and other stakeholders. The group’s report is due to the governor and the Joint Standing Committee on Insurance and Financial Services no later than Sept. 1.

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