Rader Wallack leaving as Vt Health Chief to move back to RI

Mar 27, 2013

Anya Rader Wallack, who as chairwoman of the Green Mountain Health Care Board has led Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin’s ambitious state health care overhaul, is leaving the post and moving back to Rhode Island.

Rader Wallack, one of New England’s leading health policy gurus, is leaving Vermont because her family, which is based in Little Compton, does not want to move to the Green Mountain state, she said.

Wallack said in a brief interview that she hopes to be back in the Ocean State in about six months. She joined Shumlin’s top staff in 2011, shortly after he took office, and has been in the forefront of  designing Vermont’s new federal health care exchange. She has slso overseen hospital budgets.

Rader Wallack, a graduate of the University of Vermont who also holds a doctorate from Brandeis University, has been a crucial player in Vermont’s plan to create a single-payer state run health care system. This story was first reported by Vermont Public Radio, the Green Mountain State's NPR affiliate.