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Debbie Curtis Deputy policy director for the District of Columbia Health Benefit Exchange Authority

Curtis is well-known to many on Capitol Hill for her work on the Democratic staff of the House Ways and Means Committee and as a chief of staff to former Rep. Pete Stark (D-Calif.), once the chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Health subcommittee. She also lobbied for Consumer Action, a consumer advocacy group, during debate over the Clinton healthcare plan.
Now, Curtis is working to help the District of Columbia set up its new health insurance marketplace. 
The exchange is notable because it’s where D.C.-based congressional aides will be required to purchase coverage. The District’s small businesses will also be required to purchase their employee health insurance through the marketplace starting in 2015, which is a source of controversy in the city.