Governor appoints Fond du Lac Human Services director to state board
Governor Mark Dayton announced Tuesday the appointment of Phil Norrgard of Fond du Lac Human Services to a seven-member board responsible for managing and operating MNsure — a new health insurance marketplace where Minnesotans can choose quality, affordable health insurance.
The board, which was established by law earlier this legislative session, was chosen through the state’s open appointments process from a pool of 112 candidates. Board members will serve staggered four-year terms. With the exception of the Commissioner of Human Services, all members are limited to two terms of service.
“The individuals chosen to serve on this board represent a broad diversity of experience and expertise,” said Governor Dayton. “Their collective breadth of knowledge, and each board member’s shared commitment to the successful development and delivery of this new health care marketplace, will serve the best interests of all Minnesotans.”
According to state law, membership on the board must include representation from outside the seven-county Metro area. One of the six members must have experience representing the needs of vulnerable populations and persons with disabilities. All appointed members of the board have demonstrated that they do not have any conflicts of interest.
Phil Norrgard, director of Human Services for the Fond du Lac Reservation, is among the seven to be appointed to the board. Norrgard has served as the director of Human Services at FDL since 1980, where he performs many of the same tasks as a county health and human services administrator. In addition, he provides, purchases, and contracts for a range of medical, dental, pharmacy, chemical dependency, behavioral health, chiropractic care, and in-home health care services. Norrgard served as a founding member on the Fond du Lac Insurance Board of Directors and helped establish Fond du Lac’s self-insurance medical plan and negotiated the catastrophic coverage. Additionally, he served as the founding member of the Indian Mental Health Advisory Council and the Indian Child Welfare Advisory Council.
The appointed board will hold its first meeting in May. The board’s responsibilities are outlined below:
- Establish MNsure budget, employ personnel and delegate responsibilities to the Director and other personnel;
- Establish certification requirements for insurance producers;
- Establish policies and procedures for operation of a navigator program, in-person assister program, call center, and customer service provisions, to be implemented beginning January 1, 2015;
- Ensure customer assistance information is accessible to persons with disabilities, and that information on public health care programs includes information about other coverage options for persons with disabilities;
- Establish certification requirements for health carriers and health plans;
- Establish policies and procedures for the selection of health plans to be offered as qualified health plans; and
- Establish advisory committees as needed.
MNsure is a competitive marketplace that enables consumers to compare health plans side-by-side, access federal tax credits for affordable coverage, and enroll in Medical Assistance. An estimated 1.3 million Minnesotans are expected to access quality health coverage using MNsure by 2016. To find out more, visit http://mn.gov/his.