Shumlin names Larson to head DVHA, to be key player in implementing health care reform

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Shumlin names Larson to head DVHA, to be key player in implementing health care reform

Tue, 07/19/2011 - 6:12am -- tim

Governor Peter Shumlin today announced the appointment of Mark Larson to head the Department of Vermont Health Access. Larson, who serves in the Vermont House, replaces Susan Besio as commissioner.
‘I am proud to add Mark Larson to my administration and look forward to his leadership at DVHA," Shumlin said. "Mark has a deep understanding of health policy in Vermont, including complex systems like Medicaid, which is central to health planning. Mark has also demonstrated his commitment to the principles behind Act 48, and will be a valuable member of my health care policy team.’
As commissioner, Larson will oversee management of Vermont's publicly funded health insurance programs. He will also play a key role in moving forward Vermont’s health care reform efforts, including the new Vermont Health Benefit Exchange and Green Mountain Care. Larson will officially begin the position on August 17.
The mission of DVHA includes improving access, quality and cost effectiveness in health care reform; assisting Medicaid beneficiaries in accessing services; and collaborating with other health care entities in bringing proven practices to Vermont Medicaid beneficiaries.
Larson, who lives in Burlington, will be a critical player in implementing the governor’s health reforms, and work closely with the newly created Green Mountain Care Board. He has been a member of the Vermont House since 2000, where he has served as the Chair of the House Health Care Committee, Vice Chair of the House Appropriations Committee and Co-Chair of the Vermont Commission on Health Care Reform.
‘I am excited to join Governor Shumlin’s health care team,’ said Larson. ‘Under his leadership, Vermont has a historic opportunity to provide all Vermonters with affordable access to health care. I look forward to working with Vermonters to take advantage of the opportunity presented by the reforms outlined in Act 48.’
DVHA is located in the Agency of Human Services.