The Government Accountability Office yesterday announced the appointment of 15 members to the advisory board to the Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (CO-OP) Program.
Newly created by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the board will make recommendations to the Department of Health and Human Services on grants and loans to establish nonprofit, member-run health insurers serving the individual and small-group markets.
“The health reform legislation assigned GAO several new responsibilities, including naming members of the advisory board to the CO-OP Program,” said Gene L. Dodaro, acting comptroller general of the United States and head of GAO. “A number of highly qualified candidates applied for positions on the board. Today’s appointees bring a range of impressive credentials and diverse experiences to this important advisory body.”
The act directed the comptroller general to appoint board members with expertise or experience related to health insurance and healthcare delivery but without significant interests in the insurance sector. The CO-OP program must award all grants and loans by July 1, 2013; however, the advisory board may continue its work until December 2015.
For a full list of the appointees, click here.