November 16, 2016
Gov. Peter Shumlin has appointed long-time health care advisor Robin Lunge to the Green Mountain Care Board (GMCB), replacing Dr. Allan Ramsay whose term expired September 30, 2016. Lunge will serve a six-year term, beginning November 28, 2016.
Lunge has a deep knowledge of federal and Vermont health care law and policy and has been at the forefront of many of Vermont's health care reform efforts. Since June 2011, she has served as Gov. Shumlin's Director of Health Care Reform, helping to coordinate and oversee health care reform efforts. In that time, Vermont has seen over 20,000 Vermonters gain health care coverage, cutting its uninsured rate in half and giving the state one of the lowest uninsured rates in America. Additionally, Vermont has signed a first-of-its-kind agreement with the federal government to transform the state's health care system so it rewards quality of care, not quantity of care.
"I want to thank Dr. Ramsay for his dedication and hard work over these past five years," Gov. Shumlin said. "His work as part of the Board has helped lay the groundwork for a better, more affordable health care system in Vermont."
"I cannot think of anyone more uniquely qualified or better prepared to join the Green Mountain Care Board and complete the important health care reform work ahead," Gov. Shumlin continued. "There is no one who has a better grasp on where we've been and where we need to go when it comes to health care reform in Vermont. Robin's depth of knowledge, incredible work ethic, and commitment to this state will serve the Board well."
Previously Lunge served as nonpartisan legislative counsel at the Vermont Legislature for eight sessions between 2003 and 2011. At the Legislature, she worked for members from all three political parties on health care, human services, and Medicaid budget issues, including the creation of Catamount Health and responding to federal changes to Medicaid and Medicare. She also worked for the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in Washington D.C. as a senior policy analyst on public benefits issues while on leave from the legislature. She holds a B.A. from the University of California Santa Cruz, a J.D. from Cornell Law School and a Masters of Health Care Delivery Science from Dartmouth College.
"I am honored to join the Green Mountain Care Board," Lunge said. "Vermonters and Vermont businesses need and deserve high quality and affordable health care. As a board member, I look forward to working collaboratively with health care providers, payers, and consumers to help achieve the goals of improving the health of Vermont, enhancing the patient experience, and reducing the overall cost of care."
The Green Mountain Care Board is a five-member board which has explicit responsibility for controlling the rate of growth in health care costs and improving the health of Vermonters through a variety of regulatory and planning tools.
Source: Office of the Governor
Last Updated at: November 16, 2016 15:21:21