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OpEd: Office of Health Insurance Commissioner should not be headed by Patrick Tigue

The COVID-19 pandemic has made it even more urgent to ensure that the Director of OHIC aggressively protect the public interest – not private health insurance companies.

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[Note: The Senate Health and Human Services Committee will meet Thursday, December 10 at 4pm to consider the appointment of Patrick Tigue as Health Insurance Commissioner.]

We are writing to urge Rhode Islanders to call or write their state senators to ask them not to confirm Governor Gina Raimondo’s appointment of Patrick Tigue to be the next head of the Office of Health Insurance Commissioner (OHIC).  The COVID-19 pandemic has made it even more urgent to ensure that the Director of OHIC aggressively protect the public interest – not private health insurance companies.

For the foregoing reasons, we ask you NOT TO CONFIRM Patrick Tigue as the next Commissioner of OHIC. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at pnhp.ri@gmail.com.

Thank you for considering our request.  

Yours truly,

  • J. Mark Ryan, MD, FACP, Chair, Physicians for a National Health Program – RI Chapter (PNHP-RI)
  • James A. Cowan, MD, MPH, Board member, PNHP-RI
  • Linda Ujifusa, Co-chair, RI Healthcare Access & Affordability Partnership

About the Author

J. Mark Ryan, MD, FACP, is the chair of the Rhode Island Chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP).

Linda Ujifusa is the co-chair of the Rhode Island Healthcare Access & Affordability Partnership (RIHAAP).