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Coakley Names New Overseer Of Public Charities

BOSTON (AP) -- Attorney General Martha Coakley is strengthening efforts to oversee public charities after a dispute with Massachusetts' four largest nonprofit health insurers over payments to board members.

Coakley has appointed Mary Beckman, an attorney with extensive experience in health care law, as the new chief of a division of public charities, which include health insurance organizations and major hospitals.

The state Nonprofit Organizations/Public Charities Division reviews annual filings from public charities, works with organizations to resolve potential violations and conducts civil investigations and litigation to enforce the law.

Coakley's office recently announced that it will require more disclosure from public charities about executive compensation agreements and board member pay.

Coakley says Beckman brings almost 20 years of legal experience at nonprofit groups, government agencies and private law firms.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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