The director of the state's Division of Insurance is the recipient of the 2018 Bipartisan Health Policy Leadership Award.

Lori Wing-Heier worked closely with the State House and Senate to establish the Alaska Reinsurance Program in 2017 -- which has reduced rates in the individual healthcare market by more than 25-percent, according to a press release by Gov. Bill Walker's office last month. 

In a Friday statement, Sen. Lisa Murkowski highlighted Wing-Heier's 39 years of experience in the insurance industry as both a broker and an agent. She was appointed by Walker as director of the Division of Insurance in 2014. 

"She has worked in a bipartisan manner with both the state and federal government on finding innovative solutions to the cost of health insurance,” Murkowski said of Wing-Heier's time in the position. 

Wing-Heier prior titles include Director of Risk Management at an Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) corporation and President of the Alaska Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers, Inc.

Murkwoski nominated Wing-Heier for the national award, which will be formally presented in Washington D.C. on Oct. 2.

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