Two Members Named to Connect for Health Colorado® Board of Directors

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DENVER – Gov. Hickenlooper has named two health policy leaders to vacancies on the Connect for Health Colorado® Board of Directors

Lorez Meinhold, Senior Policy Director at the Keystone Policy Center, was newly named to the board, and David Padrino, the Chief of Staff to the Lieutenant Governor and the state’s Deputy Chief Operating Officer, was re-appointed to a board seat he has held previously.

Ms. Meinhold, whose more than 17 years of healthcare policy experience includes service as Senior Policy Director for two Colorado governors, has worked at the local, state and national level on numerous healthcare policy initiatives. She served as Deputy Director for the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing and as Senior Program Officer for the Colorado Health Foundation, and founded a non-profit, in addition to senior policy positions with governors Bill Ritter and John Hickenlooper.

Mr. Padrino, who also serves as Chair of the Colorado Benefit Management System (CBMS) executive steering committee, was appointed to an ex-officio, non-voting seat on the Connect for Health Colorado Board that he held from 2014-2016.

“We’re excited to welcome these two distinguished and immensely qualified members to our Board,” said Board Chair Adela Flores-Brennan. “They bring broad experience in Colorado healthcare policy. Their insights will be critical as we move forward on our mission to increase access, affordability and choice to individuals and families buying health insurance in Colorado.”

The appointments fill vacancies created by the earlier departures of Davis Fansler and Kyle Brown. The Connect for Health Colorado Board has nine voting members and three ex-officio members.