DCH Commissioner Announces New Chief of Georgia’s State Health Benefit Plan

October 8, 2013

ATLANTA – Lurline Craig-Burke has been named Chief of Georgia’s State Health Benefit Plan (SHBP), effective October 1, 2013. The announcement was made by Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) Commissioner Clyde L. Reese III, Esq. She is returning to DCH, where she served on the initial leadership team that formed the Department of Community Health in 1999. She subsequently served as Chief of the SHBP until 2003.

“Lurline’s unique health care management experience in both the public and private sector, clearly positions her to lead the SHBP and keep the health plan on its path to financial stability,” Reese said. “Coupled with her leadership strengths and significant health care expertise, she will be an exceptional asset to both DCH and the members of the SHBP. We are proud she is joining our team.”

“I am excited to return to DCH and pleased to be serving at a time when health care is top-of-mind,” Craig-Burke said. “I intend to use my experience to support Commissioner Reese and the department to advance its mission to provide quality health insurance options for the more than 600,000 SHBP members, remaining customer focused and fiscally sound.”

Craig-Burke most recently was a Partner and Atlanta Office Business Leader for Mercer, a consulting division of Marsh & McLennan Companies, an $11 billion global firm with more than 50,000 employees worldwide in more than 100 countries. She was responsible for leading the Atlanta office for Mercer’s Government Human Services Consulting Group.

Previously, Craig-Burke served as the  founder and chief executive officer of Precipice Strategies; senior vice president, state and local government national practice leader for Aon Corporation; and as vice president for Emory University System of Healthcare-Georgia 1st.

A graduate of Mercer University with a Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in international business, Craig-Burke earned her bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of Florida. She is a nationally recognized speaker and has been interviewed in several publications including Business Insurance and HR Executive Magazine.

About the Georgia Department of Community Health

Through effective planning, purchasing and oversight, the Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) provides access to affordable, quality health care to millions of Georgians, including some of the state’s uninsured and most vulnerable populations.

DCH is responsible for Medicaid and PeachCare for Kids,® the State Health Benefit Plan, Healthcare Facility Regulation and Health Information Technology in Georgia.

Clyde L. Reese III, Esq., serves as Commissioner for the Georgia Department of Community Health.

To learn more about DCH and its dedication to A Healthy Georgia, visit www.dch.georgia.gov.




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