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2008 Kate Barnard Award Recipient
Insurance Commissioner Kim Holland
Kim Holland is the first woman elected Insurance Commissioner in Oklahoma state history. She was elected on November 7, 2006 after having been appointed by Governor Brad Henry in January 2005 to fill an unexpired term.
In her career as Insurance Commissioner, Commissioner Holland restored the integrity of the Insurance Department by bringing honesty and her vision of creating a completely transparent department for all Oklahomans. A business woman and active civic volunteer before becoming Insurance Commissioner, Holland has a proven track record of consumer advocacy over more than two decades as an insurance professional. Commissioner Holland has expanded and improved the Insurance Department's responsiveness to Oklahoma citizens. Under her leadership, the Oklahoma Insurance Department has enhanced its accessibility through toll-free consumer hot lines, improved Internet access and outreach programs across the state. Insurance fraud prevention and protections are at the forefront of Commissioner Holland's priorities. She successfully worked to obtain law-enforcement status for the Department's Anti-Fraud Unit, allowing for more aggressive pursuit of wrongdoing.
Since 2005, the Oklahoma Insurance Department recovered over millions of dollars for Oklahoma citizens. A long-time advocate for affordable health insurance, Commissioner Holland is working to reduce costs and expand access to coverage. Commissioner Holland's professional and public policy experience in health care and health insurance provides a strong backdrop to her commitment to help lead health policy reforms that guarantee all Oklahomans access to affordable healthcare coverage.
ln addition to her expertise in the health insurance field, Commissioner Holland is a former member of the Oklahoma Health Care Authority and former chair of the Oklahoma State Employees Benefits Council, and the Emergency Medical Services Authority. Working with these organizations, she assisted in the development of a state and federally funded premium assistance initiative to provide insurance to Oklahoma's working poor. She has served as chair of the Oklahoma Academy for State Goals and the Tulsa Commission on the Concerns of the Disabled. She is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma and Leadership Tulsa, and has served on the board of directors of both organizations.