WA Exchange Releases Health Equity Advisory Committee

Nelly Kinsella, MHA, MPH with the Washington Health Benefit Exchange released new information in regards to the Health Equity Technical Advisory Committee (HqTAC). Based on direction from SB 5445 passed during the 2011 legislative session, the Exchange Board may establish technical advisory committees (TACs) to advise the Board Policy and Operations Committees as well as the Advisory Committee on technical issues. Members of the TACs provide experience and professional perspectives related to the specific areas of expertise.

On Feb. 21, 2013, the Exchange Board approved and appointed members to a new HqTAC. Members of the HqTAC will provide experience and/or professional perspectives related to health equity with a focus on language access; health literacy; hard-to-reach populations; cultural sensitivity; and other general access to coverage issues.

The members appointed by the Board include:

— Amy Alexander, Northwest Justice Project
Jesús Bervis, Neighborcare Health
Tara Dowd, Spokane County United Way
Sylvia Gil, Community Health Plan of Washington
Yoon Joo Han, Asian Counseling and Referral Service
Claire Lane, WithinReach
Linda McCarthy, Mt. Baker Planned Parenthood
Leo Morales, Group Health Research Institute
Acasia Olson, CDC Fellow, Washington Dental Service Foundation
Christina Peters, Children’s Alliance
Becky Pfiefer, Premera Blue Cross
Marguerite Ro, Public Health-Seattle King County
Ex-Officio: Vazaskia Caldwell, Health Care Authority

The group will hold its first meeting during the second week of March. As more information is available about scheduled meetings with this committee it will be posted on the Exchange website at http://wahbexchange.org/committees/health-equity-technical-advisory-committee.