Health Republic Insurance of New York, a not-for-profit organization and New York's only Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (CO-OP), has announced four new members to its Board of Directors—Mary Jane Koren, MD, Luis Miranda, David Tucker Slingerland, MD, and Susan Stuard. CO-OPs are private, member-governed health insurance companies created across the country as part of the Affordable Care Act's effort to increase competition in the healthcare market.

"We are extremely pleased to add four very accomplished individuals to our board of directors," Debra Friedman, president and CEO of Health Republic, said in a prepared statement. "Each brings to the board a strong background in their respective field, which will serve to enhance and extend Health Republic's offerings to its members. We have a skilled and diverse board of 17 accomplished Directors, with a majority being Member Directors who are participants in the plan."

Dr. Koren was most recently with The Commonwealth Fund serving as VP of Long Term Care Quality Improvement Program. While there, she gave invited testimony to Congressional committees on a number of issues related to geriatrics. Dr. Koren also served on many advisory committees and expert panels for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and other federal agencies. In 2010 she was the recipient of the Terrence Keenan Leadership Award in Health Philanthropy from Grantmakers in Health. She started her career in geriatrics at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, New York. She has also previously served with the New York State Department of Health as the Director of the Bureau of LTC Services.

Miranda is the founding partner of the MirRam Group, a New York State-based marketing and political consulting firm, with a special emphasis in the Latino market. He also has served as a senior-level Hispanic Affairs advisor to many former New York City mayors. Miranda is the founder and former president of the Hispanic Federation, a membership organization of health and social service agencies dedicated to address human services and health needs of the Hispanic community, and he has served as the chair of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation board. Miranda earned his BA degree from the University of Puerto Rico and pursued graduate work in psychology at New York University.

Dr. Slingerland is a practicing physician with Hudson Headwaters Health Network and its VP of Network Strategy. He is also on the staff of Glens Falls Hospital, located near Saratoga Springs. Dr. Slingerland is a committee member for the Adirondack Medical Home Pilot program, which seeks to improve quality of care while holding down cost to provide a national model for the delivery of care. He graduated from the St. George's University School of Medicine, St. George's, Greneda in 2005 and completed his residency at one of the leading hospitals in New England, Fletcher Allen Health Care-University of Vermont.

Stuard is executive director of THINC, a not-for-profit organization that establishes research-based criteria to enhance healthcare quality and value in the Hudson Valley. Previously, she was the director for technology policy development at New York-Presbyterian Hospital (NYPH). She managed NYPH's health information exchange projects, and also served as the VP of regulatory affairs for the Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA), where she led its efforts with respect to clinical information technology and the HIPAA Privacy and Security rules. In addition, she has held regulatory affairs and operational roles at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. She holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a BA from Hamilton College.

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