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RI governor creates health care commission

January 13, 2011

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PROVIDENCE, R.I.—Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee (CHAY'-fee) has signed an executive order creating a health care reform commission.

The commission, which will be led by Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts, is responsible for helping the state implement the federal health care overhaul and for recommending to the governor ways to make health care affordable and accessible.

Chafee signed the executive order Thursday. He says he wants the state to be a leader in implementing health care reform.

The commission will also include the state's director of administration, the health insurance commissioner, the secretary of Health and Human Services and the governor's policy director.