Nevada #Obamacare exchange goes into “disaster recovery” mode as director resigns
**Posted by Phineas
Via Hot Air. After projecting 118,000 enrollees and getting little more than 20% actually paying for their insurance, in addition to the seemingly ubiquitous “technical glitches,” Nevada’s Silver State Health Insurance Exchange now finds itself without a director, who resigned:
Troubles with Nevada’s glitch-riddled insurance exchange may have claimed their first casualty.
Jon Hager, executive director of the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange, said Thursday that he will resign from the agency effective March 14.
Hager’s announcement follows a Feb. 13 meeting where the exchange’s board of directors chastised him for cutting March 31 enrollment goals from 118,000 to 50,000. They also told Hager to put together a “disaster recovery plan” to fix technical problems that have plagued the exchange’s Nevada Health Link website since it launched on Oct. 1.
They said alternatives to consider would include firing vendor Xerox or joining the federal exchange.
Hager said in a statement that “it is time to use my newfound knowledge to pursue the opportunities that have been offered to me.”
He did not say what opportunities he’s been offered.
Given Las Vegas’ history, I wouldn’t be surprised if one of the opportunities was a ride to a remote location in the desert. One way.
But it’s the highlighted portion that amused me. I would have thought Oregon’s exchange was a likelier candidate, though California’s seems in need of an intervention, too. Hawaii’s has been a wreck, while Forbes called Massachusetts’ exchange the worst-performing in the nation. Maryland is considering tossing their state exchange into the Potomac.
Perhaps all state exchanges need a “disaster recovery plan,” but what can they do when the disaster is the Affordable Care Act, itself?
Note: I changed “site” to “exchange” in the title, since the problems are with more than the web site, itself.
(Crossposted at Public Secrets)