Thursday, August 12, 2010

Job opening: Health insurance rate review project manager

Insurance rates -- particularly in health care -- are coming under close scrutiny, both as a result of the new health care reform law and advocacy campaigns like the one currently underway by Consumers Union.

Due to a federal health care reform grant, we're seeking a health insurance rate review project manager to oversee the first phase of a rate review project. The pay is $84,000 annually. From the job announcement:
The successful candidate should have expert level project management experience in leading large projects. The incumbent will have broad experience leading project teams that possess diverse business and technical backgrounds and the ability to plan and facilitate stakeholder management. This candidate will need strong leadership, team building, planning and communication skills.
10 years or more experience managing large projects, preferably projects that are highly business driven. Business experience involving the insurance market domain is highly desired.
Applications are due by 4:59 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010.

Obama to speak at National Insurance Commissioners Association meeting Tuesday in Seattle

President Obama will address the National Association of Insurance Commissioners at the group's summer meeting in Seattle on Tuesday, according to the White House.

Obama's topic -- and the topic of much of the six-day meeting -- will be health care reform and how the new law is being implemented. State insurance commissioners are on the front lines of implementation, trying to set up federally funded high-risk health insurance pools, overseeing insurer rate requests, preparing for health insurance exchanges, etc.

Health care was also very much the topic last September, when Vice President Joe Biden addressed the NAIC in Maryland. From that speech:
You're the people that our people look to. So I want to thank you for being here at this moment. I want to thank you for your organization's profession of support for the need to make health care more affordable, accessible, and engage in reform, because you are the most influential people in our states to deal with this.