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Health Care Reform Implementation Committee Formed

Friday, May 14, 2010
Mayor Adrian Fenty establishes Health Reform Implementation Committee.

To ensure the smooth execution of the new health care reform legislation recently signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010, Mayor Adrian Fenty has established a Health Reform Implementation Committee, on which the Commissioner for the DC Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking (DISB) will serve as a co-chair. “This reform has the power to affect many District families—including our most vulnerable seniors and low-income residents—and DISB will work with the other agencies on the committee to be diligent, effective and efficient about its implementation,” said DISB Commissioner Gennet Purcell about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010. “Our staff has been studying the law, coordinating with others, and is ready to work on putting in place the benefits that will provide greater access to quality affordable health care for all District residents.” Besides Commissioner Purcell, Director Julie Hudman of the Department of Health Care Finance will co-chair the committee. Also, the Department of Health Director Pierre Vigilance, and the Department of Human Services Director Clarence Carter will serve on the committee, which will hold its first meeting no later than May 14, 2010. The committee’s function is to advise Mayor Fenty on implementation of the health care reform laws, and to coordinate its execution in the District of Columbia. Staff at all four agencies will provide administrative, clerical and technical support. The new law requires a partnership between the District of Columbia and the federal government, as there are several state-based requirements and mandates that must be met by the District government.