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Mila Kofman Leaves Maine Department; New York Reorganizes

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Mila Kofman has resigned from her post as Maine insurance superintendent.

Kofman, a strong supporter of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA), was first appointed to head the Maine Bureau of Insurance in 2008. Former Gov. John Baldacci, a Democrat, reappointed her to a 5-year term a year ago.

Paul LePage, a Republican who supports repealing PPACA, became the state’s current governor in January.

Kofman, who was on the faculty at Georgetown University before taking over at the Maine insurance bureau, says in a statement distributed by the Maine Department of Professional and Financial Regulation that it has been a privilege to serve the state’s businesses and people since March 2008.

“Over the last three years, my top priorities have been to increase efficiency, accountability and transparency,” Kofman says in the statement. “I am extremely proud of the work the Bureau of Insurance team has done to improve services to the regulated community and to improve protections for Maine’s consumers.”

Kofman does not say in the statement why she is leaving the insurance bureau, and she could not immediately be reached for comment.

The Portland Press-Herald is reporting that Kofman left the insurance superintendent post over a dispute with LePage over PPACA implementation.

In other state insurance regulation news, New York is folding the New York State Insurance Department into a new New York State Department of Financial Services.

James Wrynn, now the insurance superintendent, is on track to become the deputy superintendent of the new department.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D, has nominated Benjamin Lawsky, his chief of staff, to be the department’s first superintendent. Lawsky must be confirmed by the state Senate. Lawsky spent more than five years as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of New York, where he prosecuted securities fraud, organized crime and terrorism cases. Before that, he was chief counsel to Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee.

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