Rep. Carney Calls on Lt. Governor to Testify Before Health Committee

COLUMBUS – State Representative John Patrick Carney (D-Columbus) once again called on Representative Lynn Wachtmann (R-Napoleon), Chairman of the House Health and Aging Committee, to schedule testimony from Lt. Governor Mary Taylor.

In a letter today, Representative Carney reiterated the need for Lt. Governor Mary Taylor to testify before the committee regarding Ohio’s progress in setting up a statewide Health Insurance Exchange. Lt. Governor Taylor also serves as Director of the Ohio Department of Insurance, the agency responsible for instituting certain provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Representative Carney and Democratic Members of the Health and Aging Committee sent a similar memo earlier this month.

In response to the first letter, Representative Wachtmann stated that he had asked Director Taylor to provide hard copies of information to the committee but that he would not be asking her to address the committee in person.

“It is perplexing to me and my colleagues why Ohio Lieutenant Governor and Department of Insurance Director Mary Taylor is unwilling to appear publicly to address these issues,” Rep. Carney said in his letter. “If, in fact, Director Taylor is interested in maintaining a strong marketplace for independent agents and reducing the amount of uncertainty in Ohio’s health insurance market, what better way to provide clarity and direction from the Kasich Administration then to appear in front of our committee and explain the direction of the Kasich Administration on this issue.”

Read the full text of the letter here.

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