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Elizabeth Cooney is a health reporter for the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.
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Thursday, October 11, 2007
New member joins Connector board
Alice Dembner, Globe Staff
The board of the Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority is finally back up to speed with the appointment of Ian Duncan to fill the seat reserved for an insurance actuary.
Duncan, who runs a healthcare management consulting firm called Solucia in Farmington, Ct., attended his first meeting today and jumped right into a lively and complex discussion of a prescription drug benefit. The connector is overseeing implementation of the stateís new near-universal health insurance law.
Duncan replaces Bruce Butler, an actuary who resigned because of potential conflicts of interest between his private consulting business and the connectorís work.
State officials apparently had to reach out to Connecticut to find an actuary who didnít have business connections with insurers working in Massachusetts.
In a 30-year career in healthcare management, Duncan has also worked for Aetna Life and Casualty and PricewaterhouseCoopers. He has recently specialized in evaluating disease management programs.