Noticeboard

State Board Vacancies – Appointment as Board Member of Health Insurance Authority

In accordance with the Government’s decision to widen the opportunity for board membership of State Bodies, the Minister for Health, Dr James Reilly TD, invites expressions of interest from suitably qualified and experienced persons interested in being appointed to the position of Board Member of the Health Insurance Authority (HIA). Board members are appointed in a non-executive capacity. One vacancy currently exists on the Board, arising from the expiration of the term of office of a former member, and expressions of interest are now sought by persons with skills and experience relevant to the functions of the HIA.

Health Insurance Authority

Background Information

The Health Insurance Authority is a 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 Health Insurance Act 1994 (Part IV) allows for the establishment of the Health Insurance Authority and outlines its functions and scope. The Authority was established 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.

Functions of the Board

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 age related tax credits and in relation to any risk equalisation scheme that may be introduced;
  • 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”.

Further information on the HIA can be obtained from the Authority’s web-site www.hia.ie.

Details of appointment

The term of office for the appointed Board member shall not exceed five years.

The appointment of 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 current membership of the Authority comprises the Chair and three ordinary members, with one vacancy. Information on the current Board of the HIA can be found on the Authority’s website (www.hia.ie/about-us/members-of-the-authority.htm).

The Board of the Authority is required to meet at least six 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 on the website of the Department of Finance (CoP State Bodies 2009).

Fees and expenses

Ordinary members of the Board are entitled to remuneration of €5985 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.

Skills, experience and other requirements of board members

In making any board appointments, the Minister will not necessarily be confined to those who make such expressions of interest but will ensure that the person appointed has the relevant qualifications for the position. In that respect, the Minister will have regard to the particular functions of the HIA as well as ensuring that appointed board members have an appropriate mix of skills and experience in such areas as corporate governance, legal expertise and financial expertise etc. In addition, any applicants who have experience in relation to the following specific areas would be of particular interest:

  • insurance or financial services industry
  • the health sector in general
  • specific medical expertise or background
  • experience in dealing with regulatory bodies.

How to apply

Anyone interested in being considered for appointment as a Board member should submit an application form through the Public Appointments Service via the following link www.publicjobs.ie/publicjobs/campaignAdvert/5280.htm together with detailed Curriculum Vitae not exceeding 3 pages. In submitting expressions of interest, applicants should also set out clearly any actual or potential conflicts of interest that may arise should they be appointed to the Board. Applicants who have not previously registered with the Public Appointments Service will be required to register to apply for this post.

The application process will consist of the following steps:

When you click on ‘Apply for this job’ you will be brought to the registration page. If you are already registered on www.publicjobs.ie you can log in using your username and password.

If you have not previously registered you will need to register your details, then you must go to “Choose a Job Category” on the left side of the screen. Click on “Membership of a State Board” and then click ‘Apply for this job’.

Step 1 -Download a PDF Application Form. This is an application form which you should complete and save to your PC.

Step 2 – Complete the Online Application Form. Most of this will be pre-filled from your registration profile. Then you will be asked to upload the PDF Application Form that you previously saved.

Step 3 – Attach a combined detailed CV not exceeding 3 pages.

By submitting an expression of interest the applicant accepts that appointments are made in the exercise of a statutory discretion, that the Minister is not obliged to consider the expressions of interest offered, that he is not confined to recommending an appointment from amongst those who have expressed an interest and is not bond by any statement set out in the notice.

The closing date for receipt of expressions of interest with an appropriate CV is: 12 noon sharp on 3rd July 2012.

Expressions of interest received after that time will not be eligible for consideration.