Newest Commissioners Committed to Increased Member Participation in Their Health Plan Choices
The GIC recently welcomed two new Commissioners: Tobey Choate, founder of CHOATE & Associates, a management and consulting firm, and Lauren Peters, Director of Health Care Policy & Legislative Affairs for the Secretary of Administration and Finance. Both are committed to engaging members in their health care choices in an effort to help rein in escalating health care costs. They fill the public member and Designee for Secretary of Administration and Finance Kristen Lepore seats, respectively, on the Commission.
“I am very concerned about the impact of the seemingly non-stop increase in health care costs on members and taxpayers,” said Commissioner Choate. “I would like to see the Commission provide members with easily accessible and understandable data to make health care decisions that save time and money.” Commissioner Peters is also a proponent of data-driven information for members. “As the state’s largest employer purchaser of health insurance, the GIC plays an important role in educating consumers and bringing transparency to the marketplace,” she says. “Greater transparency will help address the GIC’s cost challenge in two respects. Increasing access to price and quality information will enable GIC members to make smarter, cost-effective decisions about their care. Increased provider transparency will also help bend the cost curve, particularly because we live in a state with some of the nation’s highest-cost providers. Enhanced transparency will put the pressure on providers to demonstrate high quality at a low cost.”
Commissioner Choate has over thirty years of management consulting and advisory experience to service businesses. His expertise focuses on reducing costs, improving operational performance, building effective management teams, and seeking outside capital. Prior to the formation of his company, he held leadership positions at a variety of companies including Dialogos, Hill Holliday, and Arthur D. Little.
Before joining Administration and Finance, Commissioner Peters was the Coordinator of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs at the Health Policy Commission. Prior to that, she served for four years as the Deputy Legislative Director and Healthcare Policy Analyst for the Republican Leader’s Office at the House of Representatives.
Welcome Commissioners Choate and Peters!
This information provided by the Group Insurance Commission .