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MARYLAND ASSOCIATION OF HMOs INSTALLS NEW PRESIDENT; HIRES NEW LOBBYIST

 ANNAPOLIS, Md., Aug. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- On July 1, John Child, chief financial officer of Mid Atlantic Medical Services, Inc. (MAMSI), was installed as the new president of the Maryland Association of Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs). The president, who is elected by the association's board of directors, serves a one-year term. Other new association officers are James Turnock of CFS Health Group, vice president; Alphonso O'Neil-White of Group Health Association, treasurer; and Virginia Dollard of HealthPlus, secretary. Michael Mangahas of Kaiser Permanente, immediate past president, will continue to serve on the association's executive committee.
 Representing 17 of the state's 19 HMOs, the Maryland Association of HMOs is the primary advocate of managed health care in Maryland. More than 1.3 million Marylanders are enrolled in HMOs, representing about 27.5 percent of the state's total population and 31.5 percent of its insured population.
 "This is an exciting period for health care," said Child. "HMOs' enrollment continues to grow, and they are gaining wide acceptance as the preferred solution to many of this country's health care problems. HMOs continue to develop innovative approaches to increasing the quality of and access to health care while containing its costs.
 "Our first priority during the coming year will be to implement Maryland's new health care and insurance reform law," Child added. Earlier this year, the Maryland legislature enacted a broad health care and insurance reform which will affect health benefits coverage in Maryland.
 In other news, the association has hired a new lobbyist. William Pitcher, an Annapolis attorney with 11 years experience as a lobbyist in the Maryland General Assembly, will represent the association in legislative and regulatory matters. He will be assisted in his efforts by Pamela Metz, who previously served as executive director of the Maryland Association of HMOs.
 "Bill and Pam offer a unique combination of expertise in legislative and health care issues which will serve the state's managed care industry well," said Geni J. Dunnells, current executive director of the association.
 "I look forward to a long and productive relationship with the HMO association," Pitcher said. "I hope to make a positive contribution to health care reform, which is so critical to Maryland's future."
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 /CONTACT: Geni Dunnells of the Maryland Association of HMOs, 410-269-8007 (Baltimore), or 301-858-5551 (Washington)/


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