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Governor Rell Names Cristine Vogel
Special Advisor For Health Care Reform
Will Oversee Policy and Implementation of Federal Health Care Reforms
Governor M. Jodi Rell today announced that Department of Public Health Deputy Commissioner Cristine Vogel has been named Special Advisor to the Governor on
Vogel has been overseeing the Office of Health Care Access (OHCA) within the state Department of Public Health (DPH). She became a deputy commissioner when OCHA was merged into the Department of Public Health by the Legislature in 2009. Her new appointment as special advisor becomes effective July 23. Vogel will step down from overseeing the day-to-day operations at OHCA, with Kim Martone, an 18-year OHCA employee taking over that role.
“The federal health care reform bill is a vast, complex piece of legislation that will directly affect thousands of people and translate into millions of dollars for the state. It is essential we manage it correctly and capably and Cristine Vogel has the experience and professionalism to help oversee the process,” Governor Rell said. “Her thorough approach combined with her extensive knowledge of the health care field and strong consumer advocacy will help ensure that
Vogel is also the chairwoman of the Governor’s
· Creating a consumer-friendly health insurance purchasing exchange;
· Reviewing industry reforms to make sure
· Secure federal funding to maximize the benefits of the reforms.
Vogel has 25 years of health care experience working in hospitals, the insurance industry and state government. She earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from
The Governor said the federal health care reform bill presents sweeping policy changes for the current insurance market and the health care delivery system. The law aims to transform the delivery system into one that is less focused on the volume of services and more on the value and outcome of services provided.
“In order to afford these reforms and create a delivery system that can absorb an estimated 300,000 additionally insured
In the Fall of 2009, Governor Rell created a