Former state Rep. Matt Heinz is headed to Washington, D.C., to help the Obama administration roll out the Affordable Care Act.

Heinz, a physician, received a political appointment to serve as the director of provider outreach in the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs.

His responsibilities will include educating doctors, nurses and other health-care providers on what is included in the law and how it will affect them.

The idea is that health-care providers will, in turn, teach patients about the law and its effects, he said.

Heinz will also gauge providers' sentiment and experience with how the law is implemented and relay that information back to decision makers.

Although Heinz will be based in D.C., he won't leave Tucson entirely.

He plans to work weekend shifts at Tucson Medical Center, where he is an internal medicine specialist, every two to three weeks.

"I think it gives me credibility in my new position to also be practicing as a physician," he said.

Heinz plans to take up his new position, with a salary in the $123,000 to $155,000 range, in mid June.

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