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DC Health Benefit Exchange (HBX) Standing Advisory Board

Standing Advisory Board (SAB) - Appointees with expertise in health care, health advocacy, and policy analysis will assist HBX in establishing a vibrant health exchange.

Pursuant to the Health Benefit Exchange Establishment Act of 2011 (DC Law 19-94), the Board is directed to appoint members to a Standing Advisory, for which the Board shall solicit recommendations, and consult on insurance standards, covered benefits, premiums, plan, technology system development, and any other policy or operational issues within the executive board’s discretion.

The Standing Advisory Board consist of District residents who have expertise related to at least one of the following categories:

(1) Health professionals;

(2) Health insurance consumers;

(3) Disease and demographic-specific advocacy groups;

(4) Commercial sector health plans;

(5) Public sector health plans;

(6) Health insurance brokers;

(7) Health care consumer interest advocacy;

(8) Health care foundations;

(9) Exchange consumers; or

(10) such other interests considered necessary.

With staggered terms, board members began their work immediately. The appointees are:

Chris Gardiner, Chair – Chris Gardiner is the founder of GKA, P.C., a minority-owned certified public accounting and management consulting firm domiciled in the District of Columbia and has served as its chairman for the past 25 years. Mr. Gardiner previously served on the Board of Directors of United Medical Center, the District of Columbia’s not-for-profit hospital corporation, and also previously served on the Board of Directors of Howard University Hospital. Mr. Gardiner was chosen to satisfy categories 2 and 9, health insurance and Exchange consumers. His current term expires in November 2020.

Claire McAndrew, Vice Chair – Claire McAndrew is the Director of Campaigns and Partnerships at Families USA, a national non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the achievement of high quality, affordable coverage for all. In that position, Ms. McAndrew oversees advocacy work focused on the organization’s mission to ensure high quality, affordable health coverage and care for all. Ms. McAndrew was chosen to satisfy category 7, health care consumer interest advocacy. Her current term expires in November 2020.

Dania Palanker – Dania Palanker is an Assistant Research Professor at the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute, Center on Health Insurance Reforms where she is a recognized expert on health insurance markets. She was previously the Senior Health Policy Advisor for National Women’s Law Center. Ms. Palanker has been tracking the implementation of ACA and the establishment of health exchanges in particular on a professional basis since the passage of the legislation. She was initially chosen to satisfy category 3, demographic-specific advocacy groups and also satisfies categories 2 and 7. Her current term expires in November 2022.

Billy MacCartee – Billy MacCartee has been the President of MacCartee Medical Management, Inc. (First Financial Group) since 1996. As an insurance broker, Mr. MacCartee has over 200 corporate clients in the mid-Atlantic area. Mr. MacCartee was chosen to satisfy the mandatory requirement of having a broker (category 6) on the Standing Advisory Board and was appointed for a 3-year term. He was reappointed to a four year term that expires in November 2019.

Jill DeGraff –Jill DeGraff is founder and managing member of Aperture Law Group, a legal practice based in Washington D.C. Ms. DeGraff counsels healthcare technology and services companies on privacy, data, security, regulatory and transactional matters. A current purchaser of health insurance on DC Health Link, Ms. DeGraff was chosen to satisfy categories 2 and 9, health insurance and Exchange consumers, and was initially appointed in November 2012 for a 3-year term. Her current term expires in November 2019.

Kevin Dougherty – Kevin Dougherty has been an employee at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, National Capital Chapter for over 20 years, serving as a Counselor, Care Manager, and Clinical Supervisor. Mr. Dougherty currently serves as Associate Vice President, MS Navigator Services Delivery and his responsibilities include overseeing the development, delivery and evaluation of programs and services. Mr. Dougherty was chosen to satisfy category 3, disease-specific groups, and was appointed for a 3-year term. He was reappointed to a four year term that expires in November 2019.

Laurie Kuiper – Laurie Kuiper is the Senior Director of Government Relations for Kaiser Permanente's Mid-Atlantic States Region. Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, Ms. Kuiper has represented Kaiser's interests in the development of insurance exchanges in Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia. Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente in 2009, Ms. Kuiper was employed by America's Health Insurance Plans as a Regional Director in AHIP's State Policy & Advocacy Department. In this position, she directed AHIP's state government relations activities in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions of the US. She was chosen to satisfy category (4) commercial sector health plans. She was initially appointed to fulfill a two-year term of an original Standing Advisory Board member who resigned. Her current term expires in November 2022.

Ahaghotu, MD, MBA, MHL – Dr. Ahaghotu is currently the Vice President for Medical Affairs and the Chief Medical Officer for MedStar Southern Hospital Center. During his professional career, Dr. Ahaghotu served as the R. Frank Jones Endowed Professor & Chair of Urology at Howard University and also as the Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs in the College of Medicine. Dr. Ahaghotu has served in numerous leadership roles including President of the Howard University Hospital Medical and Dental Staff, Chairman of the Howard University Faculty Practice Plan Physicians Advisory Council, President of the Washington Urologic Society, Chair of the Urology Section of the National Medical Association and President of the R. Frank Jones Urologic Society. He serves the category of health professional. His current term expires in November 2022.

Dave Chandrasekaran is a Health Care Consultant specializing in health policy and advocacy. He is also a volunteer Certified Application Counselor (CAC) with Northern Virginia Family Services. Mr. Chandrasekaran spent nearly 5 years as a Senior Policy Analyst at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities where he supported state and national efforts to implement the Affordable Care Act, with a focus on Health Insurance Marketplaces. He formerly served in DC government in the Fenty Administration in the Office of the City Administrator, Department of Health, and Department of Health Care Finance, and has worked on local health care access issues for over a decade. As a self-employed DC resident, Mr. Chandrasekaran receives his health coverage via DC Health Link. He fills the categories of health care consumer advocacy and exchange customers. His current term expires November 2020.