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Professor Mark Hall appointed to the federal Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (CO-OP) Program Advisory Board

Professor Mark Hall

Wake Forest University School of Law Professor Mark Hall has been appointed to the membership of one of the federal advisory boards that is implementing a part of the new health care reform law.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to establish the Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan Program, and provides for an Advisory Board to the program [Section 1322 and Section 10104, Public Law 111-148].

According to the statute, the purpose of the CO-OP program is to foster the creation of a nonprofit health insurance issuer to offer qualified health plans in the individual and small group markets. The advisory board helps to determine which applicants will receive $6 billion of loans and grants to establish consumer-oriented nonprofit health insurers, Hall said.

The Act requires the Comptroller General of the United States to appoint the Advisory Board’s 15 members from among individuals with qualifications described in section 1805(c)(2) of the Social Security Act. Hall’s appointment begins in January, but it’s not known when the board will meet for the first time.

Hall is currently a professor of law and public health at the university, specializing in health care law and policy, with a focus on economic, regulatory and organizational issues. His primary appointments are in the Schools of Medicine and Law, but he also teaches in the university’s Schools of Business MBA program.

Hall is one of the nation’s leading scholars in the areas of health care law and policy and medical and bioethics. The author or editor of 15 books, including Making Medical Spending Decisions (Oxford University Press), and Health Care Law and Ethics (Aspen), he is currently engaged in research in the areas of consumer-driven health care, doctor/patient trust, insurance regulation and genetics. He has published scholarship in the law reviews at Berkeley, Chicago, Duke, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Stanford, and his articles have been reprinted in a dozen casebooks and anthologies. He regularly consults with government officials, foundations and think tanks about health care public policy issues.