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SUS administrator appointed to state healthcare commission - 8/23/2013 -

Evola Bates, chief of staff, Southern University System, was appointed by Commissioner of Insurance James J. Donelon to the Louisiana Health Care Commission. Bates represents the Southern University System Board of Supervisors.

The Louisiana Health Care Commission (LHCC) reviews and studies the issues affecting the availability, affordability, and delivery of quality health care in Louisiana. The commission conducts public meetings to receive information and testimony from regional and national experts on health care access issues. The commissioner of insurance submits an annual report to the Legislature on the studies, actions and recommendations of the LHCC. The commission also participates in examining implementation issues related to national health care reform initiatives.

"The LHCC work is extremely important as we look at the impact of the Affordable Care Act and other changes in health care for the citizens of Louisiana that includes university students," said Bates.

Prior to coming to Southern University, Bates held the same position at Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi for 10 years, and was vice president of human resources at Tulane University in New Orleans for 15 years.

The LHCC was created by Act 1068 during 1992 Louisiana Legislative Session. The advisory board meets quarterly each year and is composed of health care experts and other interested parties, including health care insurers and providers, community leaders and representatives of various consumer interests.