Health Care Access & Financing Committee

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, MS (Chair)
Deputy Secretary of HHR
Virginia Office of the Governor
Richmond, VA

Carrie Banahan (Vice Chair)
Executive Director
Office of Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange
Frankfort, KY

Jerome Adams, MD, MPH (new member as of 4/16)
State Health Commissioner
Indiana State Department of Health
Indianapolis, IN

Jessica Altman (new member as of 4/16)
Chief of Staff
Pennsylvania Insurance Department
Harrisburg, PA

Susan Birch
Executive Director
Colorado Department of Health
Care Policy & Financing
Denver, CO

Cathy Caldwell (new member as of 4/16)
Bureau of Children’s Health Insurance
Alabama Department of Public Health

Eileen Cody
Washington State House of Representatives
Seattle, WA

Al Gobeille
Green Mountain Care Board
Montpelier, VT

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

Emily F. Hancock, RPH, Pharm. D., MPA
Clinical Pharmacist, Policy and Program Integration
Indiana Family and Social Services Administration
Indianapolis, IN

Nathan Johnson (new member as of 4/16)
Policy, Planning and Performance
Health Care Authority
State of Washington

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

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

Jennifer Patterson (new member as of 4/16)
Health Policy Legal Counsel
New Hampshire Insurance Department
Concord, NH

David Seltz
Executive Director
Health Policy Commission
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Norman Thurston, Ph.D.
Health Reform Implementation Coordinator
Utah Department of Health
Salt Lake City, UT