MNsure executive director steps down; board acknowlegding problems

By KBJR News 1

MNsure executive director steps down; board acknowlegding problems

December 18, 2013 Updated Dec 18, 2013 at 11:47 AM CST

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The Executive Director of MNsure April Todd-Malmlov has announced she is stepping down as the Board of Directors looks into improvements for Minnesota's health insurance exchange.

The Board named Scott Leitz to the new position of Interim Chief Executive Officer while it conducts a national search for a permanent Chief Executive Officer.

“The Board believes the organization is at a stage where it needs a CEO to manage both MNsure’s current challenges and position it for greater success in the future," says MNsure Board Chair Brian Beutner. "Scott has been a proven leader at the Department of Human Services where he has managed a large and complex organization effectively. We are fortunate to have someone with his capabilities and his intimate understanding of MNsure available to step in quickly and lead us through these critical next few months.”

Leitz says his focus will be on partnering with health plans to make it easier for individuals to enroll in coverage and have insurance beginning January 1st, moving quickly to identify and solve problems impacting customers and increasing transparency.

MNsure Board Chair Beutner thanked Todd-Malmlov for her work in launching MNsure and acknowledged the efforts of the many employees at MNsure who have worked around-the-clock over the past few months to further MNsure’s mission.

Governor Mark Dayton also released a statement on the decision of Todd-Malmlov to step down saying:
“As I have said before – and have made emphatically clear to the MNsure Board – now is a critical time for Minnesotans, who are relying on this exchange to purchase good quality, yet affordable, health insurance. The recent problems some have experienced with MNsure are completely unacceptable. I am hopeful that this new leadership will lead to their swift resolution.”

Posted to the web by Krista Burns
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