PARSIPPANY, N.J., Feb. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Jackson Hewitt Tax Service Inc. ("Jackson Hewitt"), the nation's second largest tax preparation firm, today announced that it has named Brian Haile as the Company's first Senior Vice President for Health Policy.
In this newly-created position, Mr. Haile will be responsible for the planning and execution of programs and services surrounding the Affordable Care Act and assisting Jackson Hewitt clients in navigating new tax credit programs and insurance exchanges. He will also serve as a liaison with Federal and state agencies.
"Brian Haile is recognized as an expert in navigating the complexities of health systems and policy," said Philip H. Sanford, president and chief executive officer of Jackson Hewitt Tax Service Inc. "As regulations related to the enactment of the ACA begin to be incorporated into the U.S. tax code, Brian's leadership and expertise in this space will quickly prove to be a benefit to our company, our clients and to the tax industry as a whole."
Prior to joining Jackson Hewitt, Mr. Haile served as the Director of the Insurance Exchange Planning Initiative of Tennessee, where he worked with the Director of the Bureau of TennCare and the Commissioner for the Department of Commerce & Insurance to advise the Governor on this and related issues related to the federal health reform legislation. In his previous role as the Deputy Director for Benefits Administration, he oversaw the benefit redesign and procurement functions for Tennessee's public employee health plans, which cover 305,000 people. His past experience also includes positions as the Eligibility Chief for the District of Columbia's Medicaid program and as a consultant at Alicia Smith & Associates, LLC in Washington, DC, as well as research work for the Institute for Health Policy Studies at the University of California, San Francisco and at the HIV Clinical Research Centre in Cape Town, South Africa.
"The ACA expands access to insurance, but it will be successful only insofar as individuals use the new systems and are able to make sense of the array of new programs," said Haile. "As a national leader in tax preparation, Jackson Hewitt is known for its commitment to serving clients first and foremost. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to help Jackson Hewitt clients identify their new options, understand the complex process and make personal decisions with greater confidence."
A native Tennessean, Mr. Haile received his bachelor's degree and a law degree from Georgetown University. He also holds a Master's degree in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master's degree in Health Economics from the University of Cape Town (South Africa).
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Jackson Hewitt Tax Service Inc. is an industry-leading provider of full service individual federal and state income tax preparation, with 6,800 franchised and company-owned locations throughout the United States, including 2,800 located in Walmart stores nationwide, and more than 400 Sears stores in the United States and Puerto Rico for the 2013 tax season. Jackson Hewitt Tax Service® also offers an online tax preparation product at www.JacksonHewittOnline.com. For more information, or to locate your neighborhood Jackson Hewitt® office, visit www.JacksonHewitt.com or call 1-800-234-1040. Jackson Hewitt can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.
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