The National Association of Insurance Commissioners has named its 2009 funded and unfunded consumer liaison representatives.
The list of funded consumer reps – who receive financial support from the NAIC, Washington, to represent consumer interests in NAIC activities – includes 3 newcomers and 13 reps who participated in the program in 2008.
The new 2009 funded consumer liaison reps are:
- Pamela Bolton, director of policy and research, Texas Watch, Austin.
- Sonja Larkin-Thorne, Avon, Conn., a retiree who once worked as vice president for government affairs at Hartford Financial Services Group Inc., Hartford.
- S. Colleen Repetto, Fair Insurance Rates, Monroe, Fla.
The returning funded reps are:
- Betty Ahrens, executive director, Iowa Citizen Action Network, Coralville, Iowa.
- Amy Bach, executive director, United Policyholders, San Francisco.
- Birny Birnbaum, executive director, Center for Economic Justice, Austin, Texas.
- Brendan Bridgeland, director, Center for Insurance Research, Cambridge, Mass.
- Brenda Cude, professor, University of Georgia, Athens, Ga.
- Evelyn Dacalos Gay (Langga), project director, Elder Rights Project, Georgia Legal Services, Garfield, Ga.
- Bonita Kallestad, attorney, Mid-Minnesota Legal Assistance, Western Minnesota Legal Services, Wilmar, Minn.
- Karrol Kitt, associate professor, University of Texas at Austin.
- Kevin Lembo, state health care advocate, Connecticut Office of the Healthcare Advocate.
- Kevin Lucia, assistant research professor, Georgetown University, Washington.
- Sally Baker McCarty, insurance and advocacy consultant, National Hemophilia Foundation, Hemophilia of Indiana, Indianapolis.
- Daniel Schwarcz, associate professor of law, University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis.
- Gregory Squires, professor, George Washington University, Washington.
The NAIC has also named one consumer rep who is not receiving NAIC funding. That representative is Howard Goldblatt, director of government affairs at the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud, Washington.