After close to 10 of the most rewarding years of my career at Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut, it is time for me to bid farewell. I am as excited about embarking on my next great adventure as I am sad about leaving my friends and the foundation family. I have other professional and personal opportunities on the horizon, however it is too early to share them just yet. I promise to keep everyone in the loop.
In the meantime, I’m honored to have led this foundation through a seminal period of growth and a remarkable time in the history of health care reform in our state, and our country. When the board of directors appointed me to the position of founding president at the then-Anthem Foundation in 2003, its members, along with other concerned residents, were grappling with the big questions around health reform and universal access to quality, affordable care for every resident of our state.
Over the past decade, we, along with our broad-base of partners and allies across the state, have celebrated many significant milestones toward achieving our mission. Through our policy, research and grassroots advocacy work, the foundation has been at the forefront of health care reform, including passage of the landmark SustiNet law in 2009. Building block legislation passed in 2011 will shape the direction of the new Health Insurance Exchange under the Affordable Care Act when it is operating in 2014 and the SustiNet Cabinet makes its recommendations.
Leading an organization that aims to serve as a catalyst for statewide change is not a job that one person can ever do alone. I am grateful to the board and staff at the foundation for their hard work, support and dedication to the mission. I would like to extend a special thank you to the thousands of individuals and organizations that have made the work and my success at the foundation possible, especially leaders from the labor, business, health provider, advocacy and faith communities.
My tenure at the foundation has come to an end. As the next generation of the work begins, may the call to action by the people of Connecticut continue and may it be heard.
What do we want? HEALTH CARE! When do we want it? NOW!
Juan A. Figueroa