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State insurance commissioner to retire after 16 years leading department

Union Leader staff
March 09. 2018 2:32PM

Roger Sevigny

CONCORD — Insurance Commissioner Roger Sevigny, who’s led the state Insurance Department for 16 years, announced on Friday that he plans to retire in mid-June.

Sevigny has presided over the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the expansion of Medicaid. Under his leadership, the department launched, which enables consumers to compare the cost of health care services in New Hampshire.

“People in the Granite State do their research before any important purchase, such as buying a car. They ought to have that same right when it comes to their heath care expenses,” he said when the site launched in 2016.

Prior to his appointment as commissioner he was assistant commissioner of the Insurance Department. Before that, he was an employee of Travelers Insurance for more than 30 years, serving in a variety of technical and management positions.

“His experience, passion, and dedication are unmatched, and I cannot thank him enough for his years of service to the state,” said Gov. Chris Sununu. “We will have big shoes to fill with Roger’s absence, and I wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”

Sevigny leads a staff of 82 employees and has been a leader in the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, serving as president and member of the Executive Committee.

He is also a commissioned officer in the United States Army, having retired at the rank of colonel.

“I am very thankful for the opportunity to serve our state and consumers and will certainly miss this work,” he said. “The financial crisis of 2008 and 2009 and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act made for challenging times, but was also rewarding.”

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