Thursday, October 25, 2012

Commissioner fills new health care reform post

Minnesota Commissioner of Health Ed Ehlinger has appointed Manny Munson-Regala to serve as his assistant for health reform. Manny will report directly to the commissioner and will help coordinate and manage MDH's health reform activities. In his role, he will also help manage the department’s relationships with partners, including those at other state agencies and in the health care community.

“We’re excited to have Manny join our health reform team,” said Commissioner Ehlinger. “The goal is to have him be a resource for MDH staff and health-reform stakeholders who can help move our efforts forward and strengthen our relationships with our health reform partners.”

One of Commissioner Ehlinger’s top priorities is to have the state take a public health approach to health reform that involves integrating clinical care, public health, and social services; rebalancing funding between prevention and treatment; expanding community oriented primary care; and encouraging an efficient health care market that assures the highest value medical care.

Munson-Regala holds a law degree and has experience in the public and private sector in executive roles related to insurance regulation, health reform, and health insurance exchanges. He has served in a number of executive roles at the Minnesota Department of Commerce, including acting commissioner of the department during the transition from Gov. Pawlenty to Gov. Dayton. He also served on the Minnesota Inter-Agency
Work Group working on implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, including co-chairing the Exchange subgroup. This subgroup was charged with reviewing the affordable care act provisions on exchanges and identifying what actions were needed to ensure Minnesota complied with the federal law, while at the same time building upon existing Minnesota reforms.

Munson-Regala started in his new position Oct. 10, after leaving his former position as the deputy director of the health insurance exchange at the Minnesota Department of Commerce.