AUGUSTA – State Sen. Roger Katz, R-Augusta, has been appointed one of Maine’s representatives to the National Conference of State Legislatures Standing Committee on Health and Human Services.

The conference is a national association of legislators and staff established to encourage communication between lawmakers in various states about emerging developments and best practices. The Standing Committee on Health and Human Services meets three times per year to discuss issues and suggest policies in areas such as health care reform, Medicaid and substance abuse, according to a news release.

“I am really honored to be appointed to this critical committee,” said Katz, the assistant Republican leader in the Maine Senate. “Here in Maine, we face significant public policy issues in the health arena including access to insurance, the burdensome cost of health care, and the challenges of an aging population. Through my work on this committee, I hope I will be able to bring some good ideas back to our discussions here in Augusta.”

According to the conference’s website, the Standing Committee on Health and Human Services includes 21 other representatives from Maine, including 16 state representatives and five state senators.