Governor Peter Shumlin announced Aug. 1 that Burlington businessman and Shelburne resident Al Gobeille will take over as Chair of the Green Mountain Care Board (GMCB), directing the Board’s charge of curbing health care cost growth and reforming the way health care is provided to Vermonters. Gobeille will become Chair immediately. Anya Rader Wallack, the Board’s first Chair, announced her departure from the Board in the spring and will now wrap up her service to the Board as Gobeille takes on the Chair role.
“As a business owner, Al understands that health care costs are not sustainable and are crippling Vermont employers, Vermont families, and Vermont’s economy,” Gov. Shumlin said. “His organizational leadership skills and practical business experience make him an ideal chair for the Board. Al also has an uncanny ability to translate complex health care jargon into clear, understandable explanations for the public.”
The five-member GMCB’s mission is to reduce the rate of growth in health care costs, regulate hospital spending and capital expenditures, and curb the growth in health insurance rates. The Governor had previously made clear his desire to appoint Gobeille as chair of the Board upon Wallack’s departure. Gobeille, who has been a member of the GMCB since its inception, owns several restaurants in Burlington and has been very active as a leader in the Chittenden County business community.