The man who led the Health Care Exchange in Connecticut is now the CEO of the Federal Marketplace. Governor Malloy and Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman formally announced Kevin Counihan's position in a press release today.
“Kevin’s move to Washington is a loss for the state, but I know he’ll bring his strong commitment and considerable skill to his new role, and that is good for the nation," said Lt Governor Wyman, Chair of the Access Health CT Board.
As the new CEO, Counihan will be responsible and accountable for leading the federal Marketplace, managing relationships with state marketplaces, and running the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO), which regulates health insurance at the federal level.
“Kevin’s appointment is a ringing endorsement of the success we’ve had implementing the Affordable Care Act in Connecticut,” said Governor Malloy. “Since we launched Access Health CT, we’ve cut Connecticut’s uninsured rate in half in this state and nearly 140,000 previously uninsured people now have coverage.
Connecticut is recognized as a leader in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Connecticut was the first state to surpass the goal for Affordable Care Act enrollees, registering a total of 256,666 Connecticut residents in health care coverage. And now other states are following Connecticut's example, adopting Access Health CT's exchange technology.
“It is an honor to be selected for this position and I look forward to the challenge ahead,” said CEO Counihan “For the past two years, I’ve been fortunate to work with incredible people at Access Health CT. The success we’ve had here is due to the team we’ve put together and the guidance and direction we received from Lieutenant Governor Wyman, Governor Malloy and the Access Health Board. My sincere thanks to the entire team for their hard work and dedication. It has been an absolute pleasure to serve the people of Connecticut in this role.”
Counihan will step down from Access Health CT effective Friday, September 5th. The Access Health CT Board will announce an interim CEO for Access Health CT within a few days.