eHealth Public Policy Advisory Committee Established to Advise and Advocate For US Health Care Reform
Committee members include:
Steve Beshear/Chairman -- As Governor of Kentucky(2007-2015), Mr. Beshearcaptured national recognition for leading his state's successful implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and other reforms. Kentuckywas among a small number of states that successfully launched a state-based health insurance exchange under the ACA. Mr. Beshear also lectured as a senior leadership fellow at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Jerome Adams, MD -- As Surgeon General of the United States(2017-2021) and Health Commissioner of Indiana(2014-17), Dr. Adamsdeveloped a deep understanding of how state and federal policy impacts access to and the quality of health care. Bobby Jindal-- As a Louisiana Medicaid Director, lead staff for the Bipartisan Commission on Medicare, Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services(2001-2003), Member of Congress(2005-2008), and as Governor of Louisiana(2008-2016), Mr. Jindalhas been a strong proponent of public/private partnership in health care, with a deep understanding of state and federal health programs as well as the role of the private sector in health care.
- Susan Kennedy -- As Chief of Staff to
CaliforniaGovernor Arnold Schwarzenegger(2006-2011) and as Cabinet Secretary to Governor Gray Davis(1999-2003), Ms. Kennedyled negotiations on major health care reform legislation in California, including establishing the first state-based health insurance exchange under the ACA. Ms. Kennedy served on the board of Covered California (2011-2015).
- Woodrow "Woody" Myers, MD -- As Health Commissioner of
New York City(1990-1991), Health Commissioner of Indiana(1985-1990), Chief Medical Officer of Wellpoint (now Anthem), and Democratic candidate for IndianaGovernor, Dr. Myersdeveloped first-hand knowledge of the health care needs of Americans in rural and urban settings. John Desser– John Desserhas served as Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Government Relations for eHealth since 2008. Prior to joining eHealth, Mr. Desserwas a Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health Policy at the US Department of Health and Human Services. Mr. Desserserves as the company's representative on the Public Policy Advisory Committee.
eHealth was an early supporter of the ACA and has long advocated for public/private partnerships that help millions of Americans find plans that meet their budgets and individual circumstances. eHealth strongly supports the expansion of ACA subsidies as well as reducing the Medicare eligibility age to include Americans over the age of 60.
Each year the company conducts surveys and interacts with millions of consumers to maintain a real-time understanding of Americans' concerns and preferences in the health insurance market.
"eHealth is excited to share new resources for informing and guiding policy decisions," said eHealth CEO
"This is a committee of experts with a real-world understanding of how health care policy is made, how it is implemented, and the profound impact it has on people's lives," said former
"eHealth is deeply committed to the public/private partnership at the core of America's health care system," said eHealth Senior Vice President of Public Policy
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