Insurance Commissioner Koller Stepping Down

Apr 18, 2013

Rhode Island’s first health insurance commissioner, Christopher Koller, will be leaving his post this summer. Koller will be heading a foundation in New York City.

Christopher Koller, at right
Credit Stew Milne

Governor Lincoln Chafee has announced that health insurance commissioner Chris Koller is stepping down once he wraps up the annual health insurance rate review process. Koller will become president of the Milbank Memorial Fund. It’s a national health policy foundation based in New York City. Koller became Rhode Island and the nation’s first health insurance commissioner in 2005. In that role he spearheaded efforts to regulate and reduce commercial health insurer rates. He also launched an initiative to promote better primary health care for Rhode Islanders. That project, called the Chronic Care Sustainability Initiative, has so far enrolled tens of thousands of Rhode Islanders. The initiative reports reducing expensive hospital visits by several percentage points.