HealthyCT members elected to Board of Directors majority

CO-OP members elect fellow policyholders to Board of Directors
as Open Enrollment continues

Official results of the company’s first Board of Directors election have placed HealthyCT members holding the majority of voting seats of the non-profit health insurance company. The final tally, certified by an outside vendor, was announced today at www.HealthyCT.org.

HealthyCT is a non-profit Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (CO-OP), whose member-led model is shifting Connecticut’s health insurance landscape by offering affordable, accessible and high-quality health care to individuals and businesses of all sizes. Its member involvement in company leadership gives HealthyCT members a direct voice in their health plan and its decisions. The election is believed to be the first of its kind for a Connecticut health plan.

Since November, members in good standing have been able to vote online or with paper ballots. More than 10% of the company’s policyholders participated in the historic first-time election, choosing from among individuals, small and large business representatives, non-profit leaders and physicians on the ballot. Voting closed at the HealthyCT Annual Meeting on Wednesday evening. The new Board will begin its term in January.

“It’s especially exciting for us to have completed this election process which truly sets HealthyCT apart from the other insurance companies in our state,” said CEO Ken Lalime. “Our members have chosen a Board that brings special expertise and talent to the table that will help this company thrive and grow as we move forward.”

Some elected members of the Board have already been volunteering with the group. Current Board President and Chairman David S. Katz, MD, was one of the physicians who helped found the organization during his tenure as the president of the Connecticut State Medical Society. He is joined by a diverse sample of members who share a common goal of helping HealthyCT thrive and grow.

Those elected to HealthyCT Board of Directors are listed below. HealthyCT members’ names are in bold. Board members who have served previously are in italics.

Joyce Barcley is AVP of Special Projects for The WorkPlace, Inc. in Bridgeport. She has spent more than 30 years working as an administrator in the non-profit arena, in addition to deep volunteer involvement in her Oxford community. Her extensive previous board service has included overseeing a merger and a major transition for two growing non-profit organizations.

Matthew Bauer of Madison is a benefits broker and VP of Sinclair Risk and Financial Management in Wallingford. With this professional experience, he has seen firsthand what makes health insurance companies successful. He has served in leadership roles with a number of children’s charities in Connecticut and in Chicago.

Alexander De Lucia of Southbury has worked for a member-owned life insurance company and in banking. While he is now managing partner of A Yankee Peddler and Loan in Norwalk, as a member of the board of a home health care organization, he has seen how invaluable insurance can be.

Howard E. Fetzer of Trumbull owns Fetzer Tire in Westport, a family-owned business that has been in operation for 40 years. Rather than complaining about the system, he believes in taking action to change how health care is provided through service on the HealthyCT Board.

David S. Katz, MD, of Woodbridge is a practicing general surgeon in Milford who was one of the team of founders of HealthyCT. He has been involved in leadership positions with non-profit organizations dedicated to health care delivery for more than 20 years.

Heather I. LaTorra of Rocky Hill is the President and CEO of Marrakech, Inc., a non-profit corporation that provides programs and services for more than 1900 people with disabilities. LaTorra has worked within virtually every area of non-profit management over the past 25 years, also devoting significant volunteer hours to organizations supporting people with disabilities.

Stephen J. Salzer, MD, is Managing Director of Greenwich Venture Partners LLC, and President of Greenwich ENT – Head & Neck Surgery, as well as the founder of Children’s Health International Medical Expeditions (CHIME). The Greenwich resident became involved with HealthyCT out of a desire to be part of the solution to improving how health care is delivered and paid for.

Ellen C. Skinner of North Haven, Principal of Connected Health Strategies, has devoted her career to developing cost-effective approaches to providing better health care at lower cost for physician groups and a national payer. An avid gardener and hiker, she believes in HealthyCT’s mission to promote a healthier lifestyle through its focus on well-being.

James B. Stirling, CEO of Stirling Benefits in Milford, is a former member of the state’s SustiNet Medical Home Task Force with 25 years of experience designing and administering health plans. The Bethany resident is a former chairman of the national Society of Professional Benefits Administrators.

Nancy C. Yedlin has spent nearly a decade in the philanthropic sector funding research aimed at improving the health delivery system, understanding consumer behavior, and preventing and treating chronic disease through her work as Vice President of the Donaghue Foundation. The New Haven resident has served on a number of state bodies engaged in making health insurance more accessible and affordable for Connecticut residents.

Scott Ziskin, MS, CNHA, of Granby has been working in management in many venues within the health care arena for the past two decades, from nursing homes to adult day care, assisted living, home health care, hospital management and primary care medicine. The President and CEO of Waterbury-based Paradigm Healthcare Development says he has discovered “the fountain of youth” in the balance between professional drive, the love of family, good food and perspective.

Non-voting members of the Board of Directors are: Matthew C. Katz, MS, Executive Vice President and CEO of the Connecticut State Medical Society; David D. Thompson, Jr., MD, President of the CSMS-IPA; and Alfred Herzog, MD, Medical Director of Professional Programs at Hartford Hospital.

While the first deadline for 2015 open enrollment through the state health insurance exchange has now passed, HealthyCT continues working with prospective members seeking January 1 coverage who are signing up for health insurance using www.HealthyCT.org or through an insurance broker. Direct enrollment through the company website or with the assistance of a broker involve no cost to a member. Individuals and small businesses can continue enrolling through February 15 for coverage on March 1. After that point, HealthyCT will continue selling health insurance off the state exchange to businesses of all sizes.

About HealthyCT
Founded by physicians, HealthyCT opened for business in 2013 with a mission to provide Connecticut residents with comprehensive health insurance and easy access to quality healthcare. It is committed to developing an innovative, progressive health plan that ensures the delivery of patient-centered care for individuals, families and businesses of all sizes. Unlike traditional for-profit insurance companies, any profits generated by HealthyCT are to be used to stabilize or reduce premiums to consumers and businesses, and/or to enhance plan benefits and services. HealthyCT can be found at www.HealthyCT.org; across social media @HealthyCTPlan and at 35 Thorpe Avenue in Wallingford. HealthyCT’s toll-free phone number is 1-855-HLTHYCT (458-4928).