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For Your Benefit Newsletter - August 2012

Wednesday, August 1, 2012



For your Benefit


Issue 4

August 2012

Table of Contents


  • HBX Executive Board Holds First Meeting
  • Recommendations Sought for Advisory Board
  • Medicaid Provider Screening and Enrollment Changes
  • Spotlight:  HBX Operations Subcommittee
  • HBX RFP Responses Due August 16
  • Job Openings
  • August Calendar




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The Executive Board of the Health Benefit Exchange (HBX) Authority held its first meeting on Monday, July 23.  Mayor Vincent Gray welcomed the board members and spoke about the important work they will do to help implement health reform in the District.  Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services BB Otero also attended the meeting, serving as chair, and expressed the District’s support of the Health Benefit Exchange.


During the inaugural meeting, the Executive Board was briefed on the District’s activities over the last several months to design and implement the HBX, including status reports from each of the Health Reform Implementation Committee (HRIC) subcommittees.  Additionally, drafts of the HBX Charter and By-laws, as well as a job description for the Executive Director position, were discussed with the Executive Board.


Additional priorities for the new Executive Board include reviewing and adopting procurement and hiring policies and procedures, locating office space, and establishing an Advisory Board. The HRIC subcommittees and Health Care Reform and Innovation Administration will continue to provide HBX implementation support to the Executive Board.


The Executive Board has eleven members - seven voting members who were appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the DC Council and four ex-officio non-voting members:


Voting Members


  • Dr. Henry J. Aaron, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
  • Dr. Mohammed Akhter, former Director, Department of Health
  • Kate Sullivan Hare, Director of Policy Outreach and Public Affairs, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Dr. Leighton Ku, Professor of Health Policy and Director, Center for Health Policy Research, George Washington University
  • Diane C. Lewis, Health Care Policy Consultant
  • Kevin Lucia, Research Professor and Project Director, Health Policy Institute, Georgetown University


Ex Officio Members:


  • David Berns, Director, Department of Human Services
  • Dr. Saul Levin, Interim Director, Department of Health
  • Wayne Turnage, Director, Department of Health Care Finance
  • William White, Commissioner, Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking




The next Executive Board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, August 7 at 6:30 pm at 441 Fourth Street NW, Room 1107.  Meetings of the Board are open to the public.  Please check the calendar on the health reform website for the times and locations of future meetings.




Mayor Vincent Gray administers the oath of office to four of the members of the HBX Executive Board.  From left, Dr. Mohammed Akhter, Khalid Pitts, Kate Sullivan Hare, and Dr. Leighton Ku.