Massachusetts: Governor Continues Marketplace Board Shake-Up
Four members of the Health Connector Board appointed by previous Governors—Jonathan Gruber, Rick Jakious, George Gonser Jr., and John Bertko—resigned at Governor Charlie Baker’s (R) request, The Boston Globe reported. The 11-member board consists of four Governor appointees, three attorney general appointees, and four State officials. Over the last two months the Governor has replaced the Health Connector’s executive director and altered the structure of seats reserved for certain state officials, permitting two of the Governor’s Cabinet members to be on the Board. The Governor has yet to announce his four new appointments to replace those who stepped down.
Oregon: Bill to Move Marketplace Functions to State Agency Heads to Governor's Desk
The Oregon House of Representatives voted 42-14 in support of Senate Bill 1, which would eliminate Cover Oregon and transfer management and operations of the Marketplace to the State’s Department of Consumer and Business Services. The bill comes in response to difficulties faced by Cover Oregon in 2014, which led the State to rely on the Federal Marketplace for some eligibility and enrollment functions in 2015. The legislation also ensures that the Marketplace will be subject to financial management statutes, personnel and State contracting laws, restrictions on purchasing, and oversight by the Legislature. Governor Kate Brown (D) has pledged to sign the bill.