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Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange Advisory Board Members

Advisory Board members have relevant experience in health benefits administration, health care finance, health plan purchasing, health care delivery system administration, public health, and other health policy issues related to the small group and individual markets and the uninsured.

Board Members

  • Sharon Clark is Commissioner of the Department of Insurance. Commissioner Clark serves as Chair of the Board.
  • Gabriela Alcalde, of Louisville, is a health policy officer at Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. Ms. Alcalde represents individual  purchasers of health benefit plans in Kentucky.
  • David Allgood, of Louisville, is director of advocacy at the Center for Accessible Living and a member of the board of directors of Kentucky Voices for Health. Mr. Allgood represents consumer advocates or consumer representatives.
  • Andrea Bennett, of Louisville, is deputy director of Kentucky Youth Advocates. Ms. Bennett represents consumer advocates or consumer representatives.
  • Jeff Bringardner, of Louisville, is president of Humana Inc., Kentucky. Mr. Bringardner represents insurers.
  • Ruth Brinkley, of Louisville, is president of KentuckyOne Health. Ms. Brinkley represents facility-based health care providers.
  • Joe Ellis, O.D., of Benton, is an optometrist at EyeCare Associates of Kentucky. Dr. Ellis represents small employers doing business in Kentucky.
  • Ed Erway, of Lexington, is chief revenue officer at University of Kentucky Healthcare. Mr. Erway represents facility-based health care providers.
  • Carl Felix, of Frankfort, is chief operating officer at Bluegrass Family Health. Mr. Felix represents insurers.
  • Donna Ghobadi, of Lexington, is vice president of revenue cycle at Central Baptist Hospital. Ms. Ghobadi represents facility-based health care providers.
  • Stephen R. Hall is the Commissioner of the Department for Behavioral Health and Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities. Commissioner Hall serves as an ex-officio member.
  • Connie Hauser, of Barbourville, is a physical therapist at P.T. Pros, Inc. Ms. Hauser represents non facility-based providers.
  • Michael Huang, M.D, of Lexington, is a general internal medicine physician at Kentucky Clinic South. Dr. Huang represents non facility-based providers.
  • Lawrence Kissner is the Commissioner of the Department for Medicaid Services. Commissioner Kissner serves as an ex-officio member.
  • Deborah Moessner, of Louisville, is president and general manager at Anthem Blue Cross and BlueShield. Ms. Moessner represents insurers.
  • Julie Paxton, of Prestonsburg, is an attorney for Mountain Comprehensive Care Center. Ms. Paxton represents facility-based health care providers.
  • Tihisha Rawlins, of Louisville, is associate state director of AARP. Ms. Rawlins represents consumer advocates or consumer representatives.
  • John Thompson, D.M.D., of Lexington, is a dentist at Thompson, Lee and Lee P.S.C. Dr. Thompson represents non facility-based providers.
  • Marcus Woodward, of Ashland, is a health insurance broker at Woodward and Associates. Mr. Woodward represents insurance agents.