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By PBN Staff
PROVIDENCE – R.I. Health Insurance Commissioner Christopher F. Koller is stepping down to take a post as president of the Milbank Memorial Fund, a national health policy foundation based in New York, Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee announced Thursday.
“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the people of Rhode Island in this role,” said Koller in prepared remarks. “I am grateful for the opportunity and leadership provided by Gov. Chafee, Lt. Gov. [Elizabeth H.] Roberts and my colleagues in the Cabinet.”
Koller is expected to leave his post following the current rate factor review process, which is expected to run through the end of June.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for Commissioner Koller, and I want to sincerely thank him for his service to our state in this critically important area over the past decade,” Chafee said in prepared remarks.
“We appreciate his hard work and leadership – both locally and nationally – in implementing systemic reforms to improve health insurance in Rhode Island. He has been a key partner in our efforts to make health care more accessible and affordable for Rhode Island employers and individuals,” said Chafee, adding that he was committed to finding a successor, who would continue Koller’s “excellent work.”
Koller was appointed as the first and only Health Insurance Commissioner in the United States in January of 2005.
In this role, he has developed a “comprehensive commercial health insurance rate review process, established and enforced expectations of commercial insurer efforts to reduce the underlying costs of medical care, established the nationally recognized Chronic Care Sustainability Initiative focused on improving primary care, and led the initial state applications for the Insurance Exchange planning grants,” said the release from the governor’s office.