MNsure chief to resign for another job

Published 10:13 am Monday, May 4, 2015

ST. PAUL — MNsure’s chief executive is resigning from the health insurance exchange for another job, The Associated Press has learned.

Scott Leitz was to announce his departure to the exchange’s board of directors Monday afternoon, according to two people with knowledge of his decision who said he planned to take a job with a health care policy think tank.

The two spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak before a 1 p.m. special board meeting. The purpose of the meeting was listed as “MNsure CEO update.”

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Leitz did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment. MNsure spokeswoman Jenni Bowring McDonough did not immediately respond to an email and phone call.

The leadership shakeup — MNsure will get its third chief executive in less than two years — comes as Minnesota lawmakers debate the exchange’s future. Proposals range from abolishing its governing board to dismantling MNsure entirely in favor of joining the federally-run exchange.

A longtime presence in Minnesota health care policy, Leitz took over at MNsure in December 2013 on an interim basis after the exchange’s first chief executive resigned in a swirl of technological nightmares and a controversy over a tropical vacation. He was named permanent CEO last April.