St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Minnesota's Health Insurance Exchange has a new leader after the resignation of its executive director.
MNsure's Board of Directors today named Scott Leitz the Interim Chief Executive Officer while it conducts a national search for a permanent replacement.
Leitz is the Assistant State Health Commissioner.
Officials say former head April Todd-Malmlov was coping with technical issues related to the state-run insurance exchange as well as fallout from an extended trip she took last month.
Republican lawmakers and Governor Mark Dayton have expressed increasing frustration with issues surrounding the rollout of the exchange.
“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," said Gov. Dayton.
"Tuesday's news offers no comfort to hardworking Minnesotans who are still unsure if they’ll have insurance coverage on January 1st. For too long, Governor Dayton and Democrats have ignored the reality that their new state agency, MNsure, is failing Minnesotans," said Rep. Kurt Daudt (R), House Minority Leader.
MNsure officials said Tuesday the change will position MNsure to focus on both the short-term need to fix key technology issues and its long-term mission of enrolling as many Minnesotans as possible in affordable healthcare.