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Maine Community Health Options announces outreach specialist

Posted April 15, 2013, at 12:49 p.m.

LEWISTON, Maine — Kevin Lewis, CEO of Maine Community Health Options (MCHO), announced that Malory Otteson Shaughnessy has joined the organization as an outreach and education specialist. MCHO is a nonprofit that will provide affordable health insurance to Maine people and small businesses beginning in January 2014. Organized as a Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (CO-OP), MCHO’s mission is to provide high-quality benefits that promote health and wellbeing.

Shaughnessy has more than 25 years of public policy development and advocacy experience. She has held multiple government positions and has extensive stakeholder coordination skills. Shaughnessy served as a Cumberland County commissioner and was a founding member of the Cumberland Public Health District. In her position with MCHO, she will support the development and implementation of community and consumer outreach, education, marketing and communications.

Shaughnessy received her MPP in health policy from the University of Southern Maine’s Muskie School of Public Service, and her BA in political science and economics from the University of Missouri in Kansas City. She now resides with her husband in Portland.

More information about Maine Community Health Options can be found at www.maineoptions.org. For more information about CO-OPs, visit http://www.healthcare.gov/law/features/choices/co-op/index.html.

Maine Community Health Options is a Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (CO-OP) created through a program of the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). MCHO is a private, nonprofit entity governed by a customer-based board of directors, which gives enrollees a strong voice in the management and development of the plan. For more information on MCHO, please visit www.maineoptions.org.

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