Commissioner Donelon Names Karen Reiners Winfrey
New Head of DOI Office of Health Insurance
Released: February 4, 2008
Commissioner of Insurance Jim Donelon has appointed
Karen Reiners Winfrey as Deputy Commissioner of the Department’s
Office of Health Insurance.
Commissioner Donelon says he is delighted to
bring Winfrey on board. “Due
to her broad work experience as my staff attorney when I was chairman of
the House Insurance Committee and her service with the Department of Labor,
Karen will be a valued addition to our Department,” Donelon says.
From February 2004 to the present, Winfrey
has served as Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco’s appointee as the assistant Secretary of Labor with
the Office of Workers’ Compensation Administration to run the Louisiana
Workers’ Compensation System. There she administered the Workers’ Compensation
Court, regulated self-insured employers, oversaw the Workers’ Compensation
Second Injury Fund, and administered the Fraud, OSHA Consultation and
Medical Services Units, among other responsibilities.
From 2000 to early 2004, Winfrey was an assistant
Attorney General assigned as general counsel to the Louisiana Department
Office of Workers’ Compensation
Administration. Prior to that, she spent one year as legal counsel
to Principal Management, Inc., a managing general agent of surplus lines
Winfrey was an assistant Attorney General assigned
as executive legal counsel to the Louisiana Secretary of Labor from 1997-1999,
she advised the
Secretary on unemployment law, workers’ compensation law,
job training programs and other labor-related issues.
During her four years as staff attorney for the Louisiana House
of Representatives Committee on Insurance, Winfrey drafted legislation
relative to health
insurance, policy requirements, insurer solvency and guaranty laws,
workers’ compensation, accident insurance, property and casualty
insurance, and insurance rate regulation.
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Commissioner Donelon
again,” Winfrey adds.
A native of Acadia Parish, Winfrey received her Juris Doctor in 1991
from the Loyola University School of Law in New Orleans and her
B.A. in English
the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 1988.
Former Deputy Commissioner of Health Insurance Scott Kipper vacated
the position in December 2007 when he was named Administrator
(Commissioner of Insurance)
of Oregon's Insurance Division.