The Government Accountability Office named 15 members to the advisory board to the Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (CO-OP) Program.
The board was formed under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and will support the Department of Health and Human Services with decision-making on grants and loans to form nonprofit, member-run health insurers in 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 called for the comptroller general to select board members with healthcare industry expertise or experience but lacked financial interests in the insurance sector. The CO-OP has a grants and loans deadline of July 1, 2013, and the advisory board is allowed to continue until December 2015.
For a full list of the appointees, click here.