Mila Kofman, Maine’s former top insurance regulator, has been appointed to oversee the District of Columbia’s health insurance exchange.

A Georgetown University professor, Kofman was named executive director of the D.C. Health Benefit Exchange in a unanimous vote, the exchange’s board announced in a Wednesday press release.

Beginning on Jan. 2, Kofman will manage the exchange’s operations leading up to its scheduled launch in 2014.

Kofman was appointed as superintendent of Maine’s Bureau of Insurance in 2008 by Gov. John Baldacci. She announced her resignation in May 2011, citing philosophical differences with Gov. Paul LePage.

During her tenure in Maine, Kofman was known as a consumer-oriented regulator. In 2009, she garnered national attention for disallowing built-in profits in rate increases in individual plans marketed by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Maine.

In February, the Maine Supreme Court rejected Anthem’s appeal of Kofman’s decision to slash by nearly half a rate increase affecting about 11,000 Mainers covered by the company’s individual health insurance policies.

Before coming to Maine, Kofman served in the U.S. Labor Department from 1997-2001 and later as a professor at Georgetown’s Health Policy Institute. She returned to the Georgetown faculty after her stint in Maine, and has advised states on the implementation of the federal health reform law.

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