The National Association of Insurance Commissioners recently named 32 consumer liaison representatives for 2020.
 
The 20 funded and 12 unfunded consumer representatives began their terms Jan. 1. Fifteen of the funded consumer representatives participated in the program in 2019. They receive funds from the NAIC, typically in the form is expense reimbursement for travel and lodging at NAIC meetings.
 
Established in 1992, the Consumer Liaison Program "promotes consumer interaction with the NAIC's members, the insurance industry and interested parties through the individuals' dedication and commitment to serving the public interest," an NAIC press release said.
 
“Our consumer liaison representatives are experts in their fields and the NAIC relies on them to provide our regulators with direction and support,” said Ray Farmer, NAIC president and director of the South Carolina Department of Insurance. “The work that consumer liaisons do alongside our members supports our organization in continuing to protect consumers.”
 
The 2020 Funded Consumer Liaison Representatives:
 
New funded representatives are noted with an asterisk.
 
Amy Bach: Executive Director, United Policyholders
 
Birny Birnbaum: Executive Director, Center for Economic Justice
 
Brendan M. Bridgeland: Director, Center for Insurance Research
 
Courtney Bullard: Education and Collaborations Director, Utah Health Policy Project*
 
Bonnie Burns: Training and Policy Specialist, California Health Advocates
 
Thomas M. Callahan: Executive Director, Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance
 
Laura Colbert: Executive Director, Georgians for a Healthy Future
 
Brenda J. Cude: Professor, Department of Financial Planning, Housing and Consumer Economics, University of Georgia
 
Kimberly Donovan: Chief Policy Analyst, Office of Public Insurance Counsel*
 
Erica Eversman: President, Automotive Education & Policy Institute
 
Justin Giovannelli: Associate Research Professor, Georgetown University Center on Health Insurance Reform
 
Ross Hammond: Strategic Advisor, The Sunrise Project*
 
Katherine (Katie) Keith: Consultant Advisor and Steering Committee Member, Out2Enroll
 
Karrol Kitt: Emeritus Associate Professor, The University of Texas at Austin School of Human Ecology Department of Human Development & Family Sciences
 
Peter R. Kochenburger: Associate Clinical Professor of Law, Executive Director, Insurance Law Center, University of Connecticut School of Law
 
Sarah Lueck: Senior Policy Analyst, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
 
Wayne Turner: Senior Attorney, National Health Law Program*
 
Caitlin Westerson: Policy Director, Colorado Consumer Health Initiative*
 
Jackson Williams: Vice President, Public Policy, Dialysis Patient Citizens
 
Silvia Yee: Senior Staff Attorney and Analyst, Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund
 
The 2020 Unfunded Consumer Representatives
 
New representatives noted with an asterisk.
 
Ashley Blackburn: Senior Policy Analyst, Community Catalyst
 
Benjamin Chandhok: Senior Director of State Legislative Affairs, Arthritis Foundation
 
Lucy Culp: Executive Director, State Government Affairs, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
 
Deborah Darcy: Director of Government Relations, American Kidney Fund
 
Eric Ellsworth: Director, Health Data Strategy, Consumers Checkbook/Center for the Study of Services
 
Marguerite Herman: Consumer Advocates: Project Healthcare
 
Anna Howard: Principal, Policy Development, Access to and Quality of Care, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network
 
Amy Killelea: Director, Health Systems Integration, National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors
 
Ken Klein: Professor of Law, California Western School of Law
 
Matthew Smith: Director of Government Affairs, Coalition Against Insurance Fraud
 
Andrew Sperling: Director of Legislative Advocacy, National Alliance on Mental Illness
 
Harold M. Ting: Healthcare Consumer Advocate