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Governor Wolf Announces Appointees to Pennsylvania Health Insurance Exchange Authority

August 30, 2019

In July, Pennsylvanians witnessed the signing of House Bill 3, paving the way for a state-based health insurance exchange. Act 42 of 2019 created the Health Insurance Exchange Authority to develop, manage and maintain Pennsylvania’s new Health Insurance Exchange. This week Governor Tom Wolf took a significant step forward by announcing the appointees to the authority.

As required by the legislation, the following appointments were made:

Gubernatorial Appointments

  • Paula Sunshine, Independence Blue Cross
  • Sheryl Kashuba, UPMC Health Plan
  • Tia Whitaker, Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers
  • Antoinette Kraus, Pennsylvania Health Access Network

Speaker of the House Appointment

  • Mark Nave, Highmark

House Minority Leader Appointment

  • Jessica Brooks, Pittsburgh Business Group on Health

Senate Pro Tempore Appointment

  • Todd Shamash, Capital Blue Cross

Senate Minority Leader Appointment

  • Laval Miller-Wilson, Pennsylvania Health Law Project

New appointees also include:

  • Dr. Rachel Levine, Department of Health, Secretary
  • Teresa Miller, Department of Human Services, Secretary
  • Jessica Altman, Pennsylvania Insurance Department, Commissioner
  • Zachary Sherman, Healthsource RI, Executive Director

The Health Insurance Exchange Authority will administer Pennsylvania’s state-based health insurance exchange for individual market plans. This exchange is expected to be better able to craft benefits specific to the needs of Pennsylvanians, decrease premiums for consumers, and do more targeted outreach to specific groups in the commonwealth.

The target launch date of this exchange is the 2021 open enrollment period.

HAP continues to support all efforts that promote as many people as possible gaining and keeping access to affordable, comprehensive coverage.

For more information, please contact Jolene Calla, HAP’s vice president, health care finance and insurance, or Stephanie Watkins, HAP’s vice president, state legislative advocacy.

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