4. There shall be in the State Department of Health, a Health Care Administration Board which shall consist of 13 members, 11 of whom shall be appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate, and representative of medical and health care facilities and services, labor, industry and the public at large, and two of whom shall be ex officio members. Of the 11 members appointed by the Governor, no less than six shall be consumers of health care services who are not providers of health care services, and at least one shall be representative of long-term health care facilities or services. The State Commissioner of Health and the Commissioner of Insurance or their designated representatives, shall be exofficio voting members of the board and shall serve on the board during their respective terms of office. Of the original members appointed to the board, four shall be appointed for terms of three years, four for terms of two years, and three for terms of one year. Following the expiration of the initial terms, members of the board shall be appointed for terms of four years. Any vacancy occurring in the membership of the board shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment, but for the unexpired term only. Appointive members of the board shall continue to serve as voting members until their successors are appointed. The board shall meet at least quarterly and at such other times as its rules may prescribe or as in its judgment, may be necessary. The appointive members of the board shall serve without compensation but shall be reimbursed for necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties.
Members serving on the board on the effective date of this act shall continue to serve until the expiration of their terms. Successors shall be appointed only from among consumers of health care services who are not providers of such services until there are at last six such members on the board. Successors shall thereafter be appointed from among both consumers and providers of health care services in a manner consistent with the terms of this act.
L.1971,c.136,s.4; amended 1978,c.83,s.4; 1993,c.56.