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Vt. governor names new health department commissioner


By Jaimy Lee
Posted: July 20, 2011 - 4:30 pm ET
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Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin named Mark Larson, a lawmaker in the Vermont House of Representatives, the commissioner of the Department of Vermont Health Access.

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Larson, 41, will replace Susan Besio, who has retired, according to a spokesperson for Shumlin.

In his new role, Larson will oversee the state’s publicly funded health insurance programs and will also be involved with the development of the Vermont Health Benefit Exchange and Green Mountain Care, the publicly funded single-payer system that was signed into law earlier this year.

Larson joined the Vermont House of Representatives in 2000 and served as chair of the House Health Care Committee, vice chair of the House Appropriations Committee, and co-chair of the Vermont Commission on Health Care Reform.

He is expected to start Aug. 17.


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