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More Chafee decisions…

January 11, 2011

Here’s a few updates on Governor Lincoln Chafee’s health care related plans for his administration-

Koller to stay- Chafee’s office says it’s keeping Chris Koller, the state’s Health Insurance Commissioner.  The administration will send out a formal announcement later today.  This isn’t a big surprise.  Koller was recently featured in a panel lead by  Secretary of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.  He’s also good friends with  Lt. Governor Elizabeth Roberts,  who’s charged with implementing health reform in RI.

Snow delays executive order–  Wednesday was the day for Chafee  to sign an executive order giving Lt. Gov Elizabeth new powers to implement federal health reform initiatives in Rhode Island.  Then the storm warnings came.  So, the signing is delayed until Thursday.  I’ll post the details on that order as soon as I get them.

Powell to replace Alexander– Sandra Powell, the former head of the Department of Labor and Training, is taking over as the head of the Department of Human Services (DHS).  The post was previously held by Gary Alexander who ALSO held the post of Secretary of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services.  Chafee’s spokesman says it’s not clear why Alexander held both jobs.

The Secretary oversees DHS, the Department of Health, the Department of Elderly Affairs, Department of Children, Youth and Families, and  the newly named Department of Behavioral Health care, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals.  That position is now filled by former state Representative Steve Costantino.

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