On Wednesday, June 29, 2011, Governor John Hickenlooper announced his appointments to the first Colorado Health Benefits Exchange Board, which was created by SB 11-200, Health Benefit Exchange, sponsored by Senate President Pro-tem Betty Boyd, D-Lakewood, and House Majority Leader Amy Stephens, R-Monument.
The Colorado Health Exchange will be an independent public entity not affiliated with any existing state agency or department and initially funded by gifts, grants,and donations. The exchange will be governed by nine board members, the majority of whom will be individuals and business representatives who are not directly affiliated with the insurance industry. The board will hire the exchange’s executive director.
The members appointed by the Governor and the Senate and House Majority and Minority leadership are:
- Richard T. Betts, of Telluride; term to expire 2013. Betts is the owner of ASAP Accounting & Payroll, Inc.
- Eric Grossman, of Englewood; term to expire 2013. Grossman is a vice president of TriZetto.
- Robert S. Ruiz-Moss, of Lone Tree; term to expire 2013. Ruiz-Moss is the chief executive officer of Anthem Blue Cross.
- Elizabeth Soberg, of Centennial; term to expire 2013. Soberg is the chief executive officer of UnitedHealthcare of Colorado.
- Gretchen Hammer, of Denver; term to expire 2015. Hammer is the executive director for the Colorado Coalition for the Medically Underserved.
- Stephen ErkenBrack, of Grand Junction; term to expire 2015. ErkenBrack is the president of Rocky Mountain Health Plan.
- Arnold Salazar, of Alamosa; term to expire 2015. Salazar is the executive director of Colorado Health Partnerships, LLC.
- Nathan Wilkes, of Arapahoe; term to expire 2015. Wilkes is the founder and principal consultant, Headstorms, Inc.
- Dr. Michael Fallon, of Denver; term to expire 2015. Fallon is an emergency room physician.
The full press release from the Governor’s Office concerning these board appointments can be found here.