(Wallingford) Members of HealthyCT, Connecticut’s non-profit health insurance CO-OP, have elected policyholders from Newtown, North Haven and South Windsor to serve on the company’s Board of Directors. Two are new to the Board; one has previously served. The official results of the health insurance company’s election were certified by an outside vendor and announced today at www.HealthyCT.org.
Nearly 30,000 eligible HealthyCT members who were age 18 or older, and active as of September 30, 2015 were invited to participate in this, the company’s second Board election. The company’s member-led model is unique in Connecticut’s health insurance landscape. The member majority on the Board gives HealthyCT policyholders a direct voice in their health plan and its decisions.
“HealthyCT continues to be unique among Connecticut’s health insurance companies in the way we are governed and how we give our members a voice,” said CEO Ken Lalime. “Our company has not only survived but grown during a critical period because of strategic planning. Our Board’s expertise will be equally important in the months ahead.”
Members have responded positively to the message, the mission and the opportunity to serve on the Board. HealthyCT’s membership now stands at more than 41,000 and the company saw a four-fold increase in the number of people who nominated themselves as candidates at the start of the election process last fall.
Since November, members in good standing were able to vote online or with paper ballots. Candidates vying for the three seats come from small business, banking and medicine. Voting closed at the HealthyCT Annual Meeting on Wednesday evening at the Hilton Garden Inn in Wallingford. The new Board will begin its term in February.
The three members elected to four-year terms are listed below. A complete list of Board members follows. HealthyCT members’ names are in bold.
Alexander De Lucia of Newtown 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. (Re-elected to serve a four-year term following a one-year term on the Board.
Dawn Holcombe of South Windsor has spent three decades in various areas of health care management, including analyzing innovation and strategy. A consultant to several organizations, she has studied issues facing payers, employers, providers and patients.
Nicholas Moalli of North Haven has advised financial institutions of all sizes with the Credit Union League of Connecticut. He has provided strategic planning to help member organizations compete with large commercial banks, a situation in many ways analogous to HealthyCT’s position in the Connecticut health insurance market.
Current Board Members
Joyce Barcley of Oxford
Matthew Bauer of Madison
David S. Katz, MD, of Woodbridge (Board President)
Heather I. LaTorra of Rocky Hill
Stephen J. Salzer, MD, of Greenwich
Ellen C. Skinner of North Haven
James B. Stirling of Bethany
Nancy C. Yedlin of New Haven
Non-voting members of the Board 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.
Just a few weeks remain until the final January 31 deadline for individuals and small business to enroll for health insurance coverage through the open enrollment process. An online tool lets consumers get a quote at https://quote.healthyct.org/. Direct enrollment through the company website or with the assistance of a broker involves no cost to a member. Enrollment also can occur after this deadline following certain qualifying major life events such as a job change, divorce or other similar circumstance.
A Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan, or CO-OP, HealthyCT is an NCQA-accredited insurer offering a variety of health insurance plans to individuals and businesses in Connecticut. The non-profit company has one provider network for all products, with more than 18,000 unique individual providers and all of the state’s hospitals in its local network, and another 750,000 providers nationwide. It sells its individual and group products on and off the state health insurance exchange, through private insurance exchanges, and through insurance brokers and agents.
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).