Appointments to the Board of the Health Insurance Authority
The Health Insurance Authority is the statutory regulator of the private health insurance market in Ireland. The Authority also provides information to consumers regarding their rights and health insurance plans and benefits.
The Authority was established by Ministerial Order on 1 February 2001 under the Health Insurance Act, 1994 and operates in accordance with the provisions of this Act and the Health Insurance (Amendment) Acts (collectively “the Health Insurance Acts”).
Functions of the Board
The Authority is independent in the exercise of its functions. The principal functions of the Authority as provided for in the Health Insurance Acts include the following:
- To monitor the health insurance market and to advise the Minister (either at his or her request or on its own initiative) on matters relating to health insurance;
- To monitor the operation of the Health Insurance Acts and, where appropriate, to issue enforcement notices to enforce compliance with the Acts;
- To carry out certain functions in relation to health insurance stamp duty and in relation to the Risk Equalisation Scheme;
- To carry out its functions in relation to the Risk Equalisation Fund;
- To take such action as it considers appropriate to increase the awareness of members of the public of their rights as consumers of health insurance and of health insurance services available to them; and
- To maintain “The Register of Health Benefits Undertakings” and “The Register of Health Insurance Contracts”.
The Authority exercises such powers as are necessary for the performance of its functions. The Minister for Health may assign further responsibilities to the Authority as provided for in the Health Insurance Acts.
Further information on the work of the Health Insurance Authority is available at http://www.hia.ie/
Details of appointment
The appointment of Board members by the Minister is provided for in the Health Insurance Act 1994, Article 2 of the Schedule as follows:
“The Authority shall consist of 5 members, who shall be appointed to be members of the Authority by the Minister and of whom one shall be the chairman of the Authority and the others shall be ordinary members thereof.”
The Board of the Authority is required to meet at least eight times per year, and holds any other such meetings as it considers appropriate for the performance of its functions. Members will be required to devote as much time to duties on the Board as is necessary for the proper and efficient discharge of their duties and to comply with the relevant provisions of the Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies. The roles and responsibilities of Board Members are described in the Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies 2009 which is available here: http://www.stateboards.ie/stateboards/code_of_practice.htm
Appointments to the Board will be for an initial period of up to five years with an option under the Act to extend the term of engagement for a second term of up to five years.
Fees and expenses
Ordinary members of the Board are entitled to remuneration of €5,985 per annum. Remuneration for the Chair is €8,978 per annum. It is Government policy that Board fees should not be paid to public servants.
Travel and subsistence expenses arising from the business of the Board are payable in accordance with rates laid down by the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform.
How to submit an expression of interest:
Expressions of interest should be submitted through the State Boards web-site, http://www.stateboards.ie/stateboards/campaignAdvert/24234.htm and should include a detailed curriculum vitae and cover letter.
The closing date for receipt of expressions of interest is midnight on Monday 23rd November 2015.
Expressions of interest received after that time will not be eligible for consideration.