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David Merritt has been named ex­ec­u­tive VP of public af­fairs and strate­gic ini­tia­tives at Amer­ica’s Health In­sur­ance Plans. Merritt re­places Erik Komen­dant, who was in­terim ex­ec­u­tive VP of public af­fairs.

In his new role, Merritt will lead ad­vo­cacy plan­ning and over­see the as­so­ci­a­tion’s con­fer­ences and events.

Pre­vi­ously, Merritt was man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Luntz Global Part­ners, a communications strat­egy firm. He led the firm’s health­care, po­lit­i­cal and pol­icy ini­tia­tives. He also was the lead­ing fundraiser and pres­i­den­tial cam­paign ad­viser to for­mer House Speaker Newt Gin­grich. In 2008, he was a health pol­icy ad­viser for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) dur­ing his pres­i­den­tial cam­paign.

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