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After receiving criticism for Minnesota’s bumpy roll out of its state-run healthcare exchange market, April Todd-Malmlov, the woman charged with leading the insurance portal, resigned, according to Fox News. After mounting pressures that stemmed from technical errors and back-end website issues caused many residents to delay purchasing a policy, the former director quit her role when she did not receive a vote of confidence from Gov. Mark Dayton.

In her place as interim CEO of the state’s insurance benefits site MNsure is Scott Leitz, assistant commissioner for the Department of Health and Human Services, according to The Associated Press. 

“MNsure must do better,” Leitz said. “If there are problems or mistakes, we will acknowledge and fix them.”

The replacement was approved by Gov. Mark Dayton, who offered his praise of Leitz in a statement released by the insurance commission. 

“The recent problems some have experienced with MNsure are completely unacceptable,” Dayton offered in the statement. “I am hopeful that this new leadership will lead to their swift resolution.” 

Minnesota is a state that has not seen much success in rates of enrolling residents, with many insurance companies worried that applicants won’t receive coverage by Jan. 1, Fox News reported. 

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Erin Woulfe
Erin Woulfe
Erin Woulfe likes to write about things that matter. Keeping her finger on the pulse of what’s happening in the public sector world, she blogs about the latest legislative news and employee benefit trends that affect our school, city and county clients. She’s been with NIS since 2002. “I love connecting to our clients and providing them with the tools they need in order to administrate their plan,” says Erin. “Whether that be materials to educate their employees on certain benefits, how to effectively communicate change within an organization or just providing tips and how-to’s to help them make their job easier.”

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