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Regional Advisory Committees Established

Sep 6, 2012

The New York Health Benefit Exchange has established five Regional Advisory Committees pursuant to Governor Cuomo's Executive Order No. 42 to provide advice and make recommendations on the establishment and operation of the Exchange, including recommendations about relevant regional factors. The five Committees represent the following regions of the state:

  • Western NY
  • Central NY/Finger Lakes
  • Capital District/Mid-Hudson/Northern NY
  • New York City/Metro
  • Long Island

The Committees are comprised of representatives of consumers, small business, health care providers, insurance agents and brokers, labor organizations and other stakeholders. The members of each Committee are as follows:

Western NY

  • Flint Besecker, Center for Hospice & Palliative Care
  • Frederick Cohen, Medicaid Managed Care Advisory Review Panel
  • Anne Constantino, Horizon Health Services
  • Dr. Michael Cropp, Independent Health
  • Patty De Vinney, Western New York Area Labor Federation
  • Patrick Frawley, Fidelis Care
  • Pamela Germain, Roswell Park Cancer Institute
  • Jared Gross, Health Now New York
  • Dr. Bill Hall, AARP
  • Donna Kahm, Southern Tier Health Care System
  • Chris Kempton, Walsh Duffield Companies
  • Ellen Kennedy, Citizen Action
  • Dr. Thomas Madejski, Medical Society of the State of NY
  • Joe McDonald, Catholic Health System
  • Ann Monroe, Community Health Foundation of Western and Central NY
  • Brian Murphy, Lawley Benefits Group
  • Betty Murphy, WNY Auto Dealers Association
  • Kenneth Perri, Legal Assistance of Western New York
  • Dennis Richardson, Hillside Family Agencies
  • Terri Schelter, Health Care For All NY
  • Paul Stasiak, WNY Auto Dealers Association
  • Dr. Edward Stehlik, American College of Physicians, NY Chapter
  • Linda Taylor, Brown & Brown of New York
  • Todd Tranum, Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce
  • Craig Turner, Buffalo Niagara Partnership
  • Dr. Raul Vasquez, Urban Family Practice
  • Dr. Lawrence Volland, NYS Dental Association

Central NY/Finger Lakes

  • Dr. Jose Acevedo, Finger Lakes Health
  • B. Reuben Auspitz, Manning & Napier Advisors
  • Carl Austin, Bowers & Company
  • Christopher Booth, Excellus
  • Lenore Boris, SUNY Upstate College of Medicine
  • Eileen Brophy, Brophy Services
  • Frank Caliva, Greater Syracuse Chamber of Commerce Foundation
  • Mary Clark, Citizen Action
  • Ruben Cowart, Syracuse Community Health Center
  • Trilby de Jung, Empire Justice Center
  • Rose DiVirgilio, DiVirgilio Benefit Resources
  • Terrence Engels, ENV Insurance Agency
  • Pam Everingham, Onondaga Nation
  • Gary Fitzgerald, Iroquois Healthcare Alliance
  • Andi Gladstone, NYS Breast Cancer Network
  • Daniel Goetzmann, Goetzmann & Associates
  • Steven Goldstein, Strong Memorial and Highland Hospitals
  • Andrea Haradon, S2AY Rural Health Network
  • Barbara Ann Heegan, Otsego County Chamber of Commerce
  • Beth Hilton, Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce
  • John Holleran, Perry & Carroll
  • Dale Johnson, Hospice & Palliative Care Services of Tompkins County
  • Dr. Denise Karsten, NYS Chiropractic Association
  • David Klein, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield
  • Jeremy Klemanski, Syracuse Behavioral Health
  • Michael Leary, Regional Primary Care Network
  • Dr. Joseph Maldonado, Medical Society of the State of NY
  • Jean McPheeters, Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce
  • Jeffrey Nagel, Mitchell-Nagel & Associates
  • Wade Norwood, Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency
  • Kevin O'Keefe, Gallagher Benefit Services
  • David Oliker, MVP
  • Sandra Parker, Rochester Business Alliance
  • Maureen Pelose, Brown & Brown Empire State
  • Carrie Peterson, Seneca Nation Health System
  • Marilyn Pinsky, AARP
  • Chandler Ralph, Adirondack Medical Center
  • Rob Simpson, CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity
  • Dr. Joseph Stankaitis, Monroe Plan
  • Kim Urbach, Coaltion of School Based Health Centers
  • Christine Wagner, St. Joseph's Neighborhood Center
  • Lea Webb, Health Care For All New York
  • Steve Wood, AIDS Community Resources
  • Mary Zelazny, Finger Lakes Migrant and Community Health

Capital District/Mid-Hudson/Northern NY

  • Steve Acquario, NYS Association of Counties
  • Mark Baker, Cool Insuring Agency
  • David Bauer, Capital Bauer Agency
  • Dr. John Bennett, CDPHP
  • Kate Breslin, Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy
  • Dr. Jason Brown, NYS Chiropractic Association
  • Dr. Alvaro Carrascal, American Cancer Society
  • Georganne Chapin, Hudson Health Plan
  • Bob Cohen, Citizen Action/Public Policy and Education Fund
  • Dan Colacino, NYS Association of Health Underwriters
  • Lauri Cole, NYS Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare
  • Kevin Connally, Hope House
  • John Coppola, NY Association of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Providers
  • Joe D'Allaird, St. Peter's Health Partners
  • Paul DiFabion, Benefit Services
  • Keith Dolan, Rose & Kiernan
  • Garry Douglas, Plattsburgh-North Country Chamber of Commerce
  • Mark Eagan, Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Caren Fairweather, Maternal-Infant Services Network of Orange, Sullivan and Ulster Counties
  • Gary Fitzgerald, Iroquois Healthcare Alliance
  • Lev Ginsburg, Business Council of NYS
  • Jeffrey Gold, Healthcare Association of NYS
  • Denise Gonick, MVP
  • Ethel A. Graber, Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Beverly Grossman, CHCANYS
  • Cathy Homkey, Adirondack Health Institute
  • Dr. Robert Hughes, Medical Society of the State of NY
  • Lara Kassel, Medicaid Matters New York
  • David Kruczlnicki, Glens Falls Hospital
  • Dr. John LaMonica, NY Chiropractic Council
  • David Lundquist, Kingston Hospital
  • Paul Macielak, NY Health Plan Association
  • Deborah Marshall, Bon Secours Charity Health System
  • Debra Martin, St. Regis Mohawk
  • Kathy A. McMahon, Hospice and Palliative Care Association of NYS
  • David McNally, AARP
  • Karin Moran, National Association of Social Workers-NYS
  • Peter Newell, United Hospital Fund
  • Brian O'Grady, BlueShield of Northeastern NY
  • Ron Quartimon, Capital District Black Chamber of Commerce
  • Dr. Mary Rapazzo, American College of Physicians, NY Chapter
  • Dr. John Rugge, Hudson Headwaters Health Network
  • Al Samuels, Rockland Business Association
  • Mark Scherzer, Health Care For All NY
  • Joel Seligman, Northern Westchester Hospital
  • Dr. Judith Shub, NYS Dental Association
  • Ryan Silva, Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Michael Smith, New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Dr. Lubna Somjee, NYS Psychological Association
  • Charles Steiner, Chamber Alliance of NYS
  • Lori Thompson, St. Regis Mohawk
  • Eleanor Troy, Burnett & White Funeral Homes
  • Fran Turner, CSEA
  • Ellie Ward, Academy of Pediatrics

New York City/Metro

  • Noilyn Abesamis-Mendoza, Project Charge
  • Nisha Agarwal, The Center for Popular Democracy
  • Monica Alexandris-Miller, Freelancers Insurance Company
  • Vince Ashton, HealthPass
  • Joseph Baker, Medicare Rights Center
  • Linda Baran, Staten Island Chamber of Commerce
  • Elisabeth Benjamin, Community Services Society
  • Alice Berger, Planned Parenthood of New York City
  • Cara Berkowitz, UJA-Federation of New York
  • Maura Bluestone, Affinity Health Plan
  • Michele Bonan, American Cancer Society
  • Dr. Jo Ivey Boufford, New York Academy of Medicine
  • Wendy Brennan, National Alliance on Mental Illness of NYC
  • Pat Celli, United Healthcare
  • Kevin Dahill, Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council
  • José Davila, Hispanic Federation
  • Kerry DeWitt, New York Presbyterian Hospital
  • Susan Dooha, Center for the Independence of the Disabled
  • Stephen Ferrara, The Nurse Practitioner Association of NYS
  • Dan Finke, Emblem Health
  • Beth Finkel, AARP
  • Kevin Finnegan, SEIU 1199
  • Dr. Bradley Flansbaum, American College of Physicians, NY Chapter
  • Jack Friedman, Queens Chamber of Commerce
  • Ben Geyerhahn, Small Business Majority
  • William Golden, United Healthcare
  • Lorraine Gonzalez, Children's Defense Fund-New York
  • Lou Gordon, Business and Labor Coalition of New York
  • Marsha Gordon, Westchester Business Council
  • Mark Hannay, Metro NY Health Care for All Campaign
  • Gay Hartigan, Liberty Behavioral Health
  • Craig Hasday, Frenkel & Company
  • Caroline Heindrichs, Office of the Mayor of New York City
  • Paloma Hernandez, Urban Health Plan
  • Bill Hohlfeld, Metallic Lathers and Ironworkers Local 46
  • Dr. Andrew Kleinman, Medical Society of the State of NY
  • Ilene Margolin
  • William Mooney, Westchester County Association
  • Dr. Christine Morrison, NYS Association of Neuropsychology
  • Mary Beth Morrissey, Fordham University
  • Ngozi Moses, Brooklyn Perinatal Network
  • Jeanette Nigro, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce
  • Theo Oshiro, Make the Road NY
  • Bredy Pierre-Louis, Harlem Hospital Center - Columbia University Medical Center
  • Nancy Ploeger, Manhattan Chamber of Commerce
  • Ellen Rautenberg, Public Health Solutions
  • Kathy Riddle, Outreach
  • Carol Rodat, PHI
  • Margaret Rogers, Coaltion of School Based Health Centers
  • Chuck Rollins, Rollins Insurance
  • Dr. Steven Safyer, Montefiore Medical Center
  • David Sandman, NYS Health Foundation
  • Arnold Saperstein, MetroPlus
  • Kathy Shure, Greater NY Hospital Association
  • Dr. Michael Stocker
  • Chris Swanker, The Guardian Life Insurance Company
  • Dr. Hal Teitelbaum, Crystal Run Healthcare
  • Suki Terada Ports, Family Health Project
  • Dr. Sam Louis Unterricht, Medical Society of the State of NY
  • Lois Uttley, Raising Women's Voices--NY
  • Liliana Vaamonde, Legal Aid Society
  • Jackie Vimo, NY Immigration Coalition
  • Mark Wagar, Wellpoint
  • Kimberly Williams, Mental Health Association of NYC
  • Pat Wang, HealthFirst
  • Robert Wychulis, AMERIGROUP Community Care
  • Dr. Linda Young Landesman

Long Island

  • Lou Basso, The Alcott Group/National Association of Professional Employers, NYS Chapter
  • Dr. David BenEliyahu, NYS Chiropractic Association
  • Kathleen Brennan, 360 Insurance Services
  • Dr. Robert Browne, New York Chiropractic Council
  • Paula Calame, Long Island Association
  • Roger Clayman, Long Island Federation of Labor
  • Brian Currie, Long Island Health Network
  • Kevin Dahill, Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council
  • Howard Gold, North Shore LIJ
  • Mark Jaffe, Greater NY Chamber of Commerce
  • Lisa Kessler, Central Nassau Guidance & Counseling Services
  • Steve Logan, Aetna
  • Dan McCarthy, HealthFirst
  • Gwen O'Shea, Health and Welfare Council of Long Island
  • Dr. Eugene G. Porcelli, NYS Dental Association
  • Dr. Charles Rothberg, Medical Society of the State of NY
  • Jay Schoenfeld, Emblem Health
  • James Schutzer, J.D. Moschitto & Associates
  • Denise Smith, AARP
  • Roger Sullivan, Good Shepherd Hospice
  • Lisa Tyson, Long Island Progressive Coalition
  • Robert Wychulis, AMERIGROUP Community Care
  • Luis Valenzuela, Long Island Immigrant Alliance
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