Saturday, March 16, 2013

Exchange Board Balance

In late fall of 2012 two Exchange Board seats became vacant due to resignations and a third was dropped completely with the resignation of the Special Advisor to the Governor on Health Reform. That seat no longer exists. After more than three months, one seat has been filled by Mr. Paul Philpott currently a Realtor in Connecticut and retired for the Connecticut Insurance Industry. Although I commend Mr. Philpott for his willingness to take this challenging voluntary position, Mr. Philpot is yet another person from the insurance industry on what was supposed to be a Board populated by "consumers". As of Thursday's Exchange Board meeting the "Small Business" seat has yet to be filled. This appointment has been the responsibility of State Representative Larry Cafero. It is unfortunate Representative Cafero has chosen not to make this appointment during such a critical time for our Exchange. But our legislature has given the Exchange some attention. The Insurance and Restate Committee recently voted unanimously to add a broker seat to our Exchange, a clear violation of the letter and spirit of the Affordable Care Act. Unfortunately small businesses, the largest employer in the state and nation, do not presently have a seat at Connecticut’s Health Care Exchange table.
Kevin Galvin Small Business For A Healthy Connecticut