DORA official reverses course, names panel in Udall ACA flap

From The Denver Post: Colorado’s top regulator Monday identified the members of a “neutral panel” she personally assembled to review complaints that Sen. Mark Udall’s office attempted to bully insurance personnel over Affordable Care Act cancellations, but declined to say who the panel interviewed in clearing the senator.

Barbara Kelley, executive director of the Department of Regulatory Agencies, said that she; her deputy, Michelle Pedersen; and her legislative liaison John Cevette, the former chief of staff for the state Senate Democrats; sat on the panel.

“I consider myself to be neutral and impartial,” said Kelley, who was appointed by Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper. “I consider the other staff in my office to be neutral and impartial. If the inquiry is that I seek outside party participation, the answer is no.”

Kelley said no records or notes exist from the “oral in-person” interviews the panel conducted with five individuals within her office.

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