On Friday December 6, 2013 the Executive Director of Maryland’s health care exchange resigned, as ongoing problems continue to plague Maryland’s exchange website. The Wall Street Journal has the story.
Maryland’s health benefit exchange Executive Director Rebecca Pearce resigned Friday amid ongoing efforts to fix the state’s health insurance website.
No reason was given for her resignation and state officials would not comment late Friday on the reason for her departure.
The Journal continued:
The state’s website woes came as a surprise because the state wsa believed to be in a good position to start signing people up for insurance starting October 1. Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley a Democrat, immediately kicked off the state health-reform effort after teh 2010 Affordable CAre Act became law. The state was among the first to hire an exchange director when it hired Ms. Pearce.
In Massachusetts Jean Yang, the current Executive Director of the Health Connector authority has been with the exchange, as either the CFO or the Executive Director for many years. She has overseen the awarding of a contract to spend $69M, 20 x more than the original exchange, to build a health care exchange that does not function.
A fair question is, should Jean Yang resign or be fired? Maryland has taken that step. Should we be next?