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West Hartford lawyer Ted Doolittle has been nominated by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to serve as the next state health care advocate.He would replace Vicki Veltri, who left the position last year, a spokesman for Malloy said.At present, Doolittle leads an enforcement unit in the state Consumer Protection Department's occupational and professional division.The healthcare advocate serves as the director of the Office of the Healthcare Advocate. If confirmed by the General Assembly, Doolittle would be responsible for helping residents interact with the healthcare system, be a patients' rights advocate, and educate consumers about their health insurance coverage rights and responsibilities.Doolittle is a graduate of Harvard University and the University of Connecticut School of Law. He previously served as a program director with CGI Federal, where he worked in the company's health and compliance programs group, and as Connecticut's assistant attorney general, where he worked on healthcare fraud, insurance advocacy and other issues.