Health Care Access & Financing

This committee is responsible for issues related to providing health insurance coverage as well as financing, organization, and regulation of the health care system.  Areas of expertise include financing, Medicaid, SCHIP, coverage expansions, insurance regulation, cost containment, and purchasing strategies.


K. Joseph Flores
Deputy Secretary of HHR
Office of the Governor
Richmond, VA


Vice Chair

Julie B. Weinberg
Director, Medical Assistance Division
New Mexico Human Services Department
Santa Fe, NM


Carrie Banahan
Executive Director
Office of the Kentucky Health Benefits Exchange
Frankfort, KY


Eileen Cody
State Representative
Washington’s 34th District
Washington State House of Representatives
Seattle, WA


Cynthia Crone, MNSc, APN
Director, Health Benefits Exchange Partnership
Arkansas Insurance Department
Little Rock, AR

Richard Gottfried, JD 
Chair, Committee on Health 
New York State Assembly 
New York, NY


Emily F. Hancock, RPh, Pharm.D., MPA 
Manager, Pharmacy Interventions and Outcomes
Office of Medicaid Policy and Planning
Indiana Family and Social Services Administration
Indianapolis, IN


Tricia Leddy, MS
Deputy Director,
HealthSource RI
Providence, RI


Scott Leitz, MPA
Interim CEO
St Paul, MN


René Mollow, MSN, RN
Deputy Director
Health Care Benefits and Eligibility
California Department of Health Care Services
Sacramento, CA


Rebecca Pasternik-Ikard, JD, MS, RN 
Deputy State Medicaid Director 
Oklahoma Health Care Authority 
Oklahoma City, OK


Jeanene Smith, MD, MPH 
Office for Oregon Health Policy and Research 
Salem, OR


Lois Steinbeck
Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Subcommittee on Human Services
Montana State Legislature
Helena, MT


John Supra, MS
Chief Information Officer, South Carolina Department of Health
Columbia, SC


Norman Thurston, PhD
Health Reform Implementation Coordinator
State of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT


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