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Malloy Ally Counihan Leaves Goes From Obamacare Job to … Big Insurance

August 2, 2017 By Staff
Malloy Ally Counihan Leaves Goes From Obamacare Job to … Big Insurance

Kevin Counihan went from managing Connecticut's Obamacare marketplace to managing the federal marketplace. Now, he's working for a big health insurer.

The man who ran Connecticut’s Obamacare exchange, and went on to manage HealthCare.gov – the federal exchange under Obamacare – has a new job with a major health insurer.

The Washington Examiner reported on the news on Wednesday:

The former CEO of Obamacare’s federal exchange, healthcare.gov, has accepted an executive role with health insurer Centene, a company that has said it is profiting from Obamacare and plans to expand its participation for 2018.

Kevin Counihan will become regional vice president for Centene’s Midwest division and will work out of the company’s headquarters in Clayton, Mo.

Counihan is an ally of Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.) and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman (D-Conn.), with both praising Counihan’s role managing Obamacare in Connecticut when he left for the federal government in 2014.

“Kevin and his team have done a tremendous job ensuring Connecticut residents have access to high-quality healthcare. We are proud of what we’ve accomplished here-we’re a national leader with more than 280,000 people enrolled in affordable health insurance,” said Lt Governor Wyman, Chair of the Access Health CT Board.

…”Kevin’s appointment is a ringing endorsement of the success we’ve had implementing the Affordable Care Act in Connecticut,” said Governor Malloy.

Malloy also said he’s “very proud” of Counihan in a subsequent press conference, but joked the health executive “should have [his] head examined” for taking a job in Washington, D.C.