Governor Appoints Georgia Academy Leader to Commission on Mandated Health Insurance Benefits
Gov. Nathan Deal, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and House Speaker David Ralston announced in mid-March the appointments to the Special Advisory Commission on Mandated Health Insurance Benefits. Dr. Harry Strothers, immediate past GAFP Board Chair, is the Georgia Academy’s representative.
Under state law, signed by the governor, the commission is charged with evaluating the social and financial impact of current and proposed mandated benefits. Members will assess the impact of mandated benefits on employers and insurers, the impact of treatment, potential costs or cost savings and other appropriate information and from there they will advise the governor and the General Assembly.
Commission members are as follows:
William A. Bornstein, MD
Bornstein is the chief quality and medical officer of Emory Healthcare. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and in Endocrinology and Metabolism.
Harry S. Strothers, MD
Strothers is a chairman and a professor in the department of Family Medicine at Morehouse School of Medicine. He is board certified in family medicine, has a certificate of added qualifications in geriatrics and a certificate in medical management from the American College of Physician Executives and Tulane University. Strothers is also a past president of the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians.
James D. Fortenberry, MD
Fortenberry is pediatrician in chief at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and professor of Pediatric Critical Care in the Department of Pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine.
R. Charles “Randy” Daniel, DDS
Daniel has been a private practice dentist in Stockbridge since 1984. He is a member of the medical staff of Henry Medical Center.
Gray is executive vice president of logistics, research and development for Fieldale Farms. In his role, he leads the transportation, supply chain management and research functions, and provides functional leadership for operations and marketing.
Albert C. Ertel
Ertel is the chief operating officer at Alliant Health Plans. He served on the governor’s committee for Health Insurance Exchanges and currently serves on the Healthcare Policy and Small Business committees with the Georgia Chamber of Commerce.
J. Myron Faircloth
Faircloth is a faculty member at the School of Nursing at Valdosta State University and practices rural family medicine at G&G Family Medicine in Valdosta. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Valdosta State University, a master’s degree in Nursing with a family nurse practitioner concentration from Brenau University, and in 2011, he earned his doctor of Nursing Practice from Georgia Southern.
Frederick Lambert Hooper, III
Hooper is chief counsel for Shaw Industries Group, Inc., where he directs the legal and corporate compliance departments.
Steven M. Wilson, O.D.
Wilson currently practices optometry in Valdosta. Prior to opening the practice, he worked in Cambodian refugee camps in Thailand.
James J. Rush, Jr.
Rush is the chief integrity officer for the Georgia Regents enterprise. Prior to that, he was the director of risk management for the Georgia Regents Medical Center.
Strickland is president of Georgia Metals, Inc., a managing partner of Madison County Ace Hardware and the Hampton House Assisted Living Facility.
Roy “Reg” Gilbreath, MD
Gilbreath is vice president and chief medical officer for the DeKalb Regional Health System. He was formerly chief medical officer at Gwinnett Hospital System, chief quality officer at Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas, and vice president of medical affairs at Georgetown Hospital System.
Fitzgerald is president of Robert Fitzgerald Insurance Agency. He is an independent agent serving the health insurance marketplace.
Addison is currently the deputy director of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget. Before joining OPB, he served as Gov. Deal’s policy adviser for economic development.
Lt. Gov.’s Appointments
Sen. Tim Golden (R-Valdosta)
Golden, of the 8th Senate District, was first elected to the Georgia State Senate in 1999. He is now serving in his seventh term. He is the chairman of the Senate Insurance & Labor Committee and serves on the Administrative Affairs, Appropriations, Finance and Higher Education committees.
Sen. Renee Unterman (R-Buford)
Unterman, of the 45th Senate District, was first elected to the Georgia State Senate in 2003. She is now serving in her fifth term. She is the chairwoman of the Senate Health & Human Services Committee and serves on the Administrative Affairs, Appropriations, Assignments, Insurance & Labor and Rules committees.
Rep. Richard H. Smith (R-Columbus)
Smith, of the 134th House District, was first elected in 2004 to the Georgia House of Representatives. He is currently serving in his fifth term. He is the chairman of the House Insurance Committee and serves on the Appropriations, Natural Resources and Environment, Legislative and Congressional Reapportionment and Rules committees.
Rep. Ben Watson, MD (R-Savannah)
Watson, of the 166th House District, was elected in 2011 to the Georgia House of Representatives and is now serving in his second term. He is the vice chairman of the House Health and Human Services Committee and serves on the Appropriations, Higher Education and Science & Technology committees.
Commissioner David Cook, Georgia Department of Community Health
Commissioner Ralph Hudgens, Georgia Department of Insurance
Commissioner Mark Butler, Georgia Department of Labor
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