New MNsure Exec Admits Problems, Promises Fixes

Updated: 12/19/2013 7:38 AM By: Leslie Dyste

Scott Leitz, interim CEO of MNsure, speaks during a news conference Wednesday.
Scott Leitz, interim CEO of MNsure, speaks during a news conference Wednesday.
Photo: Photo: KSTP/Tom Hauser

The new leader of Minnesota's health insurance marketplace is acknowledging its launch has been rocky but says he's committed to improvements.
Scott Leitz took over Wednesday as interim CEO of MNsure after the resignation of April Todd-Malmlov

A MNsure spokeswoman says 36-year-old Todd-Malmlov, who was earning $136,680, had no severance package. It was not immediately clear if she was able to cash out remaining vacation or sick time.

Todd-Malmlov faced criticism over complications with insurance sign-ups under the federal health care law. She was also under fire for taking a tropical vacation with the state Medicaid Director in November, while the state-run insurance exchange dealt with delays and glitches.

In an email to MNsure staff, Todd-Malmlov wrote she resigned to protect her family's privacy and welfare.
Brian Beutner, MNsure's board chairman, says the board might delay next Monday's enrollment deadline for those who want coverage starting Jan. 1. Beutner stopped short of guaranteeing that everyone who wants coverage Jan. 1 will have it. But he says anyone who selected and paid for a plan can count on coverage.

Back in October, Leitz was the center of an internal investigation by the Minnesota Department of Human Services. Several State employees blew the whistle on an agreement Leitz seemingly made mostly on his own, according to the DHS internal investigation. Read the full story here.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.