by Max Brantley
As noted previously, the appointments by Gov. Mike Beebe and Senate President Michael Lamoureux, plus the two ex-officio members from the DHS and Insurance Department directors (John Selig and Jay Bradford), have had similar demographics. With these final appointments, the 11 board members are all white. Nine are males. Five come from the insurance industry. No appointee, save perhaps a retired Supreme Court justice, represents a purely consumer point of view. A representative of labor? Keep dreaming.
Carter's full release is on the jump.
Arkansas House Speaker Davy Carter (District 43-Cabot) announced three appointments to the Board of the Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace.
The 89th General Assembly passed Act 1500 which creates the Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace. The legislation also creates the Board of Directors which will plan and administer a new online site designed for individuals to find health coverage. The Board will hire the Executive Director and necessary staff.
The Act requires the Speaker of the Arkansas House to appoint three individuals to the Board. Speaker Carter has appointed Sherrill Wise of Little Rock, Dr. Jerry Jones of Cabot, and Greg Hatcher of Little Rock.
Sherrill Wise is currently the Vice President and Treasurer of Dillard’s Inc. During her career at Dillard’s Inc., Wise consolidated numerous separate fully-insured health plans into a single self-insured program. This increased participation while significantly reducing cost per employee. Wise also serves on the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care. Wise’s appointment to the Marketplace Board will be for a term of 8 years.
Dr. Jerry Jones has spent his 43 year pharmaceutical career in Arkansas. He was most recently the Branch Chief of Pharmacy Services for the Arkansas Department of Health. He has worked for the Department of Health in various capacities since 1997. Before that time, he owned and operated Cabot Pharmacy. He was a member of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Food and Drug Administration Commission from 2001-2003 and from 2007-2011. Jones’ appointment to the Marketplace Board will be for a term of 4 years.
Greg Hatcher is the founder and owner of the Hatcher Agency in Little Rock. The Hatcher Agency is the top producer currently for eight different insurance companies in Arkansas. Hatcher has served on the Baptist Health Foundation Board and the Arthritis Foundation. Hatcher’s appointment to the Marketplace Board will be for a term of 6 years.
The Health Insurance Marketplace Board will consist of 9 members. In addition to the Speaker’s appointments, the Governor and the Senate President Pro Tempore will each make three appointments to the Board.
Open enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace is set to begin October 1, 2013.