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DHMH Press Releases : kenneth s. apfel



BALTIMORE (October 18, 2011) – Governor Martin O’Malley has appointed Professor Kenneth S. Apfel to serve on the Board of the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange. 

Professor Apfel currently serves as Professor of the Practice and as the Director of the Management, Finance and Leadership Program at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy. 

"I am pleased to appoint Professor Apfel to the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange Board," said Governor O’Malley. "His extensive experience will serve us well as we continue to provide quality, affordable care for all Marylanders."  

Prior to his academic career, Professor Apfel served in numerous senior federal policymaking positions. During the Clinton Administration, he served as Commissioner of the Social Security Administration, Associate Director for Human Resources at the Office of Management and Budget in the White House, and as Assistant Secretary for Management and Budget at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Professor Apfel also served as legislative director to Senator Bill Bradley, as the Senator's chief staff person for federal social and budget policy, and as staff for the U.S. Senate Budget Committee. 

"Professor Apfel’s sharp focus on the performance of public agencies will be a critical asset to the Exchange," said Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein, Secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and chair of the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange. "He will help us design a system that serves Marylanders well." 

Professor Apfel holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, a master's degree in rehabilitation counseling from Northeastern University, and a master's degree in public affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs. 

The Maryland Health Benefit Exchange was established through legislation championed by Lt. Governor Brown and signed into law by Governor O’Malley in April. Professor Apfel is the ninth member of the Exchange Board.


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