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Monday, August 6, 2007

Changing of the guard on health insurance board

By Alice Dembner, Globe Staff

Nancy Turnbull, an insurance expert who helped shape Massachusetts’ landmark health coverage initiative, is joining the board overseeing implementation of the experiment.

Attorney General Martha Coakley today appointed Turnbull to the unpaid board of the Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector.

Turnbull, who advocated for the full insurance coverage as president of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation, recently stepped down from that post to become an associate dean for educational programs at the Harvard School of Public Health.

“Nancy Turnbull is a leading advocate in Massachusetts health policy and she will be a powerful voice for consumers,” Coakley said in a statement.

Turnbull’s appointment on the 10-member board runs through June 2010. Coakley appoints three of the board's members.

“There’s a lot more to do,” Turnbull said in a phone interview. The issues she expects to focus on include outreach, affordability of coverage, and the long-term financing of the initiative.

Turnbull replaces Charles Joffe-Halpern, president of the board of the advocacy group Health Care for All, whose term on the Connector expired last month.

Joffe-Halpern, who is executive director of Edu-Health Care, which helps Berkshire residents gain access to health services, will serve Coakley as a member of a new health care advisory board.

Posted by Karen Weintraub at 05:08 PM
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