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GAO Names Co-Op Advisory Board Members

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.

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