(BOSTON, MA) – Four friends of Community Catalyst are building on their dedication to health care advocacy to serve as liaisons between the insurance industry and its consumers. The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) has named its 2010 Consumer Liaison Representatives. Among those named are Joseph Ditre, executive director of Consumers for Affordable Health Care and board member of Community Catalyst; Stacey Pogue, senior policy analyst for the Center for Public Policy Priorities; Georgia Maheras, private market policy manager of Health Care for All; Barbara Yondorf, president of Yondorf & Associates and Colorado Consumer Health Initiative; and Elizabeth Abbott, project director of Health Access.

NAIC is an organization of the chief insurance regulatory officials in the United States aimed at protecting consumers while maintaining the financial security of the insurance marketplace. The mission of the Consumer Liaison Representatives is to support state insurance regulation by providing consumer views on insurance regulatory issues.

Our four allies’ longtime support of consumer needs make them ideal for helping to improve insurance regulatory systems so they benefit all policyholders. Community Catalyst congratulates them on this honor and their ongoing commitment to serving the public interest.

About Community Catalyst
Community Catalyst is a national non-profit advocacy organization dedicated to quality affordable health care for all.  Since 1997, Community Catalyst has been working to build the consumer and community leadership required to transform the American health system.  With the belief that this transformation will happen when consumers are fully engaged and have an organized voice, Community Catalyst works in partnership with national, state and local consumer organizations, policymakers, and foundations, providing leadership and support to change the health care system so it serves everyone – especially vulnerable members of society.  For more information, visit www.communitycatalyst.org.