More turnover at MNsure as chief plans to resign

Published 10:01 am Tuesday, May 5, 2015

ST. PAUL — MNsure’s chief executive is resigning to take another job, the health insurance exchange confirmed Monday, paving the way for a third leadership shakeup at the beleaguered agency in less than two years.

Scott Leitz was set to announce his departure to the exchange’s board of directors in a special meeting Monday afternoon, with plans of taking a job at a health care policy think tank. MNsure spokeswoman Jenni Bowring-McDonough confirmed the coming resignation after The Associated Press broke the news.

The board will meet in a closed session to accept his resignation and name an interim replacement, McDonough said. Leitz and board Chairman Brian Beutner were expected to answer questions after that 1 p.m. meeting.

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Leitz did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

The leadership shakeup comes as Minnesota lawmakers debate the exchange’s future. Proposals range from abolishing its governing board to dismantling MNsure entirely in favor of joining the federally-run exchange.

A longtime presence in Minnesota health care policy with stints overseeing the state’s Medicaid program and serving as its health economist, Leitz took over at MNsure in December 2013.