PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Health Insurance Commissioner Dr. Kathleen Hittner publicly
announced today plans to retire from her position effective next month. In her
place, Governor Gina M. Raimondo will appoint Dr. Marie L. Ganim. The Governor
has submitted her name to the Rhode Island State Senate for advice and
"We've made great strides over the past
few years in ensuring Rhode Islanders have access to quality, affordable health
care," Raimondo said. "Ninety-six percent of all Rhode Islanders now
have health insurance, and our state is home to one the lowest uninsured rates
in the country. I am confident that Dr. Ganim possesses the expertise and
strong professional background needed to keep us moving in the right
Dr. Marie L. Ganim is currently the Deputy
Chief of Staff and Policy Director for the Rhode Island State Senate. She
previously served as the Senate's Director of Health and Human Services Policy.
Prior to working for the Senate, she spent time as Policy Director for former
U.S. Congressman Robert A. Weygand and as a Health Policy Specialist in the
Rhode Island House of Representatives. Dr. Ganim holds an undergraduate degree
in political science from Providence College, a master's degree in public
administration from Syracuse University and a Ph.D. in public and international
affairs with a specialty in health policy from Northeastern University. She
lives in Lincoln.
Current Health Insurance Commissioner Dr.
Kathleen Hittner has served the state for four years, since her appointment in
June 2013. Over her tenure, Rhode Island has maintained some of the lowest rate
increases in the country, despite national uncertainty about health care. Under
Dr. Hittner's leadership, the office has saved Rhode Island consumers hundreds
of thousands of dollars through its rate review process, focused on care transformation
and promoted collaboration among providers and insurance carriers.
"I am grateful to Dr. Hittner for her
years of service to Rhode Islanders, and wish her the best of luck in this next
chapter in her life," Raimondo said.