New MNsure exec admits problems, promises fixes

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — 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. That’s after the resignation of April Todd-Malmlov. She faced criticism over complications with insurance sign-ups under the federal health care law.

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.

In an email to MNsure staff, Todd-Malmlov wrote she resigned to protect her family’s privacy and welfare. She’d been criticized for a vacation amid MNsure’s struggles.

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