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Rep. Terrie Wood to Host Access Healthcare Panel

Hartford- State Representative Terrie Wood (R-141) will host “Access Healthcare 2013” on Monday, May 6th from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Darien Library Community Room, 1441 Post Road. The program will feature panelists Maura Carley, founder of Healthcare Navigation, LLC and Kevin Counihan, CEO of Access Health CT. The panelists will provide an in-depth look at the State’s new health insurance marketplace and how to use it to its optimal value. This event is free and open to everyone.

Access Health CT is a new health insurance marketplace being developed by the State of Connecticut to satisfy the requirements of the federal Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”). Their mission is to increase the number of CT residents who are insured, lower their costs, promote health and eliminate health disparities. Access Health CT is planned to operate at no cost to the state or its taxpayers.

Maura Carley MPH, CIC, President and CEO of Healthcare Navigation, LLC, has extensive background in healthcare. She founded Healthcare Navigation, LLC, a patient advocacy firm, in 1999 after years of senior management experience in hospital, HMO, and physician practice management organizations. Her diverse background combined with her passionate conviction that everyone should have professional guidance in dealing with an increasingly complex, expensive and adversarial healthcare world, make her a particularly effective advocate. . Maura is also a newly appointed member of the Access Health Board of Directors and a long time Darien resident.

Kevin Counihan was chosen by Governor Dannel P. Malloy to serve as CEO of Access Health CT. He has worked for 30 years in health care and health insurance, most recently as president of Choice Administrators Exchange Solutions in Orange, Calif., which assists states in creating health exchanges by 2014 as mandated by federal health care reform.

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