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Willmar physician is among 7 named to new Minn. health insurance exchange board

WILLMAR - A retired Willmar physician is among the appointees named by Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton today to the board that will manage and operate MNSure, the state’s new health insurance exchange.

Dr. Kathryn Duevel is one of seven people on the board, which was established by legislative process earlier in the session. Board members were chosen through the state’s open appointments process from a pool of 112 candidates.

Board members will serve staggered four-year terms.

They represent “a broad diversity of experience and expertise,” Dayton said in a statement announcing the appointments. “Their collective breadth of knowledge, and each board member’s shared commitment to the successful development and delivery of this new health care marketplace, will serve the best interests of all Minnesotans.”

Duevel, an ob-gyn physician, was with Affiliated Community Medical Centers of Willmar for more than 20 years until her retirement in 2012. She earned her medical doctor degree from the University of Minnesota and holds a master’s degree in health care delivery science from Dartmouth College.

She previously was on the executive board of the Minnesota branch of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and was on the Rice Memorial Hospital medical staff executive committee while also serving as vice chief of staff and credentials chair. She currently leads Rice Memorial Hospital’s OB patient safety committee and was a founding board member of the Kandiyohi County Area Family YMCA.

Duevel also has served as a volunteer physician with the Remote Area Medical Women’s Health Program in Guyana and with African Medical Mission in South Africa.

The new MNSure board will hold its first meeting in May.

The establishment of MNSure creates a competitive health insurance marketplace that will enable consumers to compare health plans side by side, access federal tax credits for affordable coverage and enroll in Medical Assistance. An estimated 1.3 million Minnesotans are expected to obtain health insurance coverage through MNSure by 2016.

The newly appointed board is tasked with establishing a budget and hiring staff, establishing certification requirements for health plans and health carriers, and establishing policies and procedures for choosing the health plans that will be offered through the insurance exchange. The board also will develop policies and procedures to help consumers use the health insurance exchange.

Anne Polta

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