Advisory Committee Members Announced for Maine’s Health Insurance Exchange

August 4, 2011

Immediate Release: Thursday, August 04, 2011 Contacts: Adrienne Bennett (207) 287-2531 Joseph Bruno 621-0698 ext. 212

Augusta, Maine – Governor Paul LePage has announced the appointments to the Advisory Committee on Maine’s Health Insurance Exchange. The advisory committee was established through a resolve by the 125th Maine State Legislature.

After consultation with the chairs and lead minority members of the Joint Standing Committee on Insurance and Financial Services, Governor LePage has appointed nine members. They are: Dan McCormack, CEO of Intermed; Steven Michaud, President, Maine Hospital Association; Kristine Ossenfort, Esq., Director of Government Relations, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield; Joel Allumbaugh, CEO, National Worksite Benefit Group, Inc.; Daniel J. Bernier, Esq., Law Office of Daniel J. Bernier, LLC.; Jamie Bissonette Lewey, Chair, Maine Indian Tribal State Commission; Edward Kane, Vice President for Maine, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care; David R. Clough, Maine State Director, NFIB; and Joseph Bruno, Chair, Dirigo Health Agency Board of Trustees. Mr. Bruno will serve as Committee chair.

Per Chapter 105, LD 1582, Resolve, Creating the Advisory Committee on Maine’s Health Insurance Exchange, the committee is to be established to develop and provide recommendations, including suggested enabling legislation, 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. Their report is due to the Governor and the Joint Standing Committee on Insurance and Financial Services no later than September 1, 2011.