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Fair Health, a non-profit organization that provides cost information to the healthcare industry and consumers, has elected James Roosevelt, Jr. to its board of directors.
Currently counsel at Verrill Dana in Boston, Roosevelt has previously served for more than 10 years as the president and CEO of Tufts Health Plan.
Former chair of America's Health Insurance Plans, Roosevelt currently chairs the organization's policy and regulatory committee. Previously, he chaired the Massachusetts Hospital Association and the Massachusetts Association of Health Plans; he also served on the board of the American Hospital Association and is a past president of the American Health Lawyers Association. In 2008, President-Elect Barack Obama appointed Roosevelt to his transition team to co-chair a review of the Social Security Administration.
"We welcome Mr. Roosevelt to the Fair Health Board," said Stephen Warnke, chairman of Fair Health's board of directors. "At a time of unprecedented strain on our healthcare system, Jim's understanding of the issues that affect health plan members, professional and institutional providers, insurers, policy makers, researchers and others adds a uniquely broad-based perspective to inform Fair Health's core mission of helping all of these stakeholders navigate the challenges of the healthcare sector."
Robin Gelburd, president of Fair Health, added: "Mr. Roosevelt's career accomplishments demonstrate his continuing commitment to maintaining a broadly effective healthcare system and aiding individual consumers in navigating that system—issues critical to Fair Health's mission.
"As the needs of the populations we serve continue to evolve, and we seek to keep pace with innovative ways to package and share our claims data assets, his experience in both healthcare policy and administration will make him a valuable addition to our Board."
Roosevelt commented: "I am excited to join Fair Health's Board. Healthcare today is at a crossroads. With its comprehensive, independent data repository revealing the way care is being delivered, and at what cost, Fair Health is in a unique position to add clarity to the national conversation on health policy. It is a privilege to join the Fair Health Board and to help guide this organization in its service to all healthcare system participants."
The company focuses on bringing transparency to healthcare costs and health insurance information through data products, consumer resources and health systems research support.
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