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DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority Announces Senior Staff Updates

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

(Washington, DC­­)  – Today, DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority (DCHBX) Executive Director Mila Kofman announced updates to the DCHBX senior leadership team, including the departure of Debbie Curtis, Senior Deputy Director for Policy and Exchange Programs. Debbie left DCHBX to pursue a new opportunity after more than eight years at DCHBX.

“We wish Debbie the absolute best, and it is thanks to Debbie’s many contributions that DC’s health insurance marketplace is as strong as it is today,” said Mila Kofman, J.D., Executive Director of the Health Benefit Exchange. “We are also excited to announce that several leadership team members have assumed new senior roles to continue to strengthen DC Health Link, the District’s state-based health insurance marketplace for residents and small businesses.”

The DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority also announces these updates to the senior leadership team:

Purvee Parekh Kempf, Deputy Executive Director - Purvee served as General Counsel and Chief Policy Advisor for DCHBX since early 2014 after joining DCHBX as Deputy General Counsel in 2013. Having been with DCHBX since its early years, she filled various policy, management, and operational roles including establishing the inaugural Assister program and broker advisory committee, staffing numerous DCHBX policy working groups, and managing development and implementation of policy. From 2003 to 2013, Purvee served as senior counsel for health policy in the US House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce. In that role she helped negotiate and draft the health reform provisions in the Affordable Care Act including the statutory authority and responsibilities for health benefit exchanges.

Eliza Navarro Bangit, General Counsel – Eliza moves into her new role after serving as DCHBX Director of Marketplace Innovation, Policy, and Operations (MIPO), where she oversaw day-to-day operations of DC Health Link, the District’s on-line individual and small group marketplace. She drove MIPO’s accelerated growth by implementing a new organizational management structure, institutionalizing transparency in decision-making, and ensuring the successful deployment of significant IT projects. Eliza joined DCHBX in 2018 from the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Eliza was one of a handful of people who came in initially to establish the office responsible for implementing the ACA. Prior to joining DCHBX, Eliza was the Director of the Office of Policy Analysis and Development at the Administration for Community Living (ACL), US Department of Health and Human Services, where among many responsibilities she provided legal advice.

Jennifer Beeson, Interim Director of Marketplace Innovation, Policy, and Operations – Jen moves into this Interim role after serving as DCHBX Director of Strategic Operations, where she led and oversaw the first-in-the nation partnership with the Massachusetts Health Connector for their Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) marketplace. Prior to joining DCHBX in 2019, Jen was the Director of the Consumer Support Group at the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO), where she led three divisions and controlled an annual budget in excess of $100 million. Her teams were responsible for supporting private health insurance customers through policy formulation; the funding, training, and support of navigators and assisters in the federal health insurance marketplace; and directly assisting federal marketplace consumers through casework.