Gary Cohen has been named to replace Steve Larsen as the director of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO), at the Department of Health and Human Services.
CCIIO is the agency within HHS that is playing the key role in implementing the private health insurance components of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
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Cohen, age 58, returns to head CCIIO from his recent job as chief counsel to the California Health Benefit Exchange Board.
As the chief legal advisor, Gary provided policy guidance and legal counsel on matters pertaining to the Exchange, its programs and operations.
Before that, he served as director of the oversight group at CCIIO. He also formerly served as chief of staff for Rep. John Garamendi, D-Calif., and a former California insurance commissioner.
He also served as a partner at Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP.