Mila Kofman (Image courtesy of C-SPAN)

The board of the District of Columbia Health Benefit Exchange (HBX) Authority has hired Mila Kofman to be the HBX executive director.

Kofman, who has been a health policy researcher at Georgetown University, is set to take over at the exchange Jan. 2, 2013, board officials have announced.

Kofman served as the insurance superintendent in Maine from 2008 through 2011. She was appointed to that post by former John Baldacci, a Democrat.

While Kofman was the Maine superintendent, she served as secretary-treasurer for the Northeastern Zone at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC). She also was chair of the Health Insurance Regulatory Framework Task Force at the NAIC and co-chair of an NAIC consumer information working group.

From 1997 to 2001, Kofman was a health policy specialist at the U.S. Department of Labor.

Kofman has a bachelor’s degree in government and politics from the University of Maryland and a law degree from Georgetown.

The D.C. HBX Authority board likes Kofman’s mix of insurance and health policy experience, according to Dr. Mohammad Akhter, the board’s chairman.

Kofman said in a statement that she looks forward to the opportunity to work with the “regulated community,” as well as government leaders, health care leaders, and the businesses and residents of the District of Columbia, to set up a “robust and viable” health insurance exchange program.

The Washington, D.C., wants to require all small businesses in the district to buy their coverage through the exchange, to help give the exchange enough business to make it viable. Critics have argued that the approach will, in effect, wipe out the district’s traditional small-group health insurance market.

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