FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 24, 2018
Consumers for Affordable Health Care Announces New Executive Director
After an intensive search undertaken over the past several months, the Board of Directors of Consumers for Affordable Health Care (CAHC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ann L. Woloson as the organization’s next Executive Director.
“We are thrilled to have Ann Woloson join CAHC as its leader, championing the organization’s mission of improving access to affordable and quality health care for all people in Maine,” said Dr. Kolawole Bankole, Chair of the Board of Directors. “Ann has a record of achievements in advocating and ensuring justice and equality of access to health and social services for all people. We are confident that Ann’s experience, knowledge, and integrity are a great match for CAHC’s work, staff, and partners. On behalf of the Board of Directors, we are excited to work with Ann to advance CAHC’s mission in the state, and to vigorously spread the vision of an improved health system that provides coverage, access, and quality, affordable care to all.”
Woloson has worked most recently as a Policy Analyst with Maine Equal Justice Partners, where her work focused on preserving and expanding access to health care through Maine’s Medicaid program, and coverage options available through the Affordable Care Act. She also worked to preserve public benefits for Maine’s older Mainers, families with children, people with disabilities and many other Maine people who depend on vital programs to meet basic needs including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
“I am extremely honored and excited to be joining Consumers for Affordable Health Care at such an important time. It’s clear Maine voices are as important as ever as we all work together at the state and federal level to preserve and improve access to affordable health care,” said Woloson. “Mainers have spoken loud and clear – first as part of effort to preserve health coverage for the millions who have gained access through the Affordable Care Act, and most recently at the polls this past November when they voted to expand Maine’s Medicaid Program. I am proud of the people of Maine and look forward to continuing my work with consumers, policy makers, health care providers and other stakeholders in my new role with Consumers for Affordable Health Care.”
Prior to her work at Maine Equal Justice Partners, Woloson was Executive Director of Prescription Policy Choices, a nonprofit public policy organization with the goal of reducing the prescription drug costs in Maine and the US. She previously served as Chief of Staff for Maine’s Senate Majority Office, developing broad expertise in policies related to health care, health and human services issues, and the state budget.
As Senior Health Policy Analyst for Consumers for Affordable Health Care, and Health Care Project Director for Maine Children’s Alliance, she advocated for improved access to health care for all Maine people and helped to create the Maine Oral Health Coalition. Earlier in her career she worked as a policy writer and provider relations specialist for Maine’s state Medicaid program and served as a nutrition counselor for Maine’s WIC Program.
Woloson will formally assume the position of executive director on February 12, 2018.
Consumers for Affordable Health Care is a nonprofit advocacy organization committed to helping all Maine people obtain quality, affordable, health care.