House speaker names three to health insurance exchange board


LITTLE ROCK — House Speaker Davy Carter, R-Cabot, appointed three members to the board of the Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace on Monday.

Every state is required under the federal Affordable Care Act to have a marketplace, or insurance exchange, where people and small businesses can shop for health insurance plans that suit their needs. Enrollment is to begin Oct. 1 and coverage is to begin Jan. 1.

Act 1500 of this year created the marketplace in Arkansas, as well as a nine-member board to plan and administer a new online site designed for individuals to find health coverage. The board will hire an executive director and staff.

Gov. Mike Beebe and Senate President Pro Tem Michael Lamoureux, R-Russellville, previously named three members each to the board.

On Monday, Carter announced the appointments of Sherrill Wise of Little Rock, Dr. Jerry Jones of Cabot and Greg Hatcher of Little Rock.

Wise is vice president and treasurer of Dillard’s Inc. Jones has worked for the state Department of Health in various capacities since 1997, most recently as branch chief of Pharmacy Services. Hatcher is the founder and owner of the Hatcher Agency, an insurance firm in Little Rock.

Wise was appointed to an eight-year term, Hatcher drew a six-year term and Jones a four-year term.

The governor’s appointees were Mike Castleberry of Little Rock, vice president of network and business development for HealthScope Benefits; Chris Parker of Little Rock, a partner at the law firm Eichenbaum, Liles; and Annabelle Imber Tuck of Little Rock, a retired state Supreme Court justice and a public service fellow and jurist-in-residence at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Lamoureux appointed to the board Steve Faris of Hot Springs, a member of the state Lottery Commission, general manager of Central Arkansas Telephone Cooperative in Bismarck and a former state legislator; Fred Bean of Little Rock, president of Bean Hamilton Corporate Benefits; and John Denery of Little Rock, executive vice president and director of life and health for Stephens Insurance.

Faris is to resign from the Lottery Commission on July 31.