Hawaii: Health Connector Executive Director Steps Down

Hawaii Health Connector’s Executive Director Jeff Kissel will resign on December 4, 2015, having held the position since October 2014. He was the Connector's third Executive Director. Kissel will join the Energy Policy Research Foundation, Inc. (EPRINC) as an EPRINC Distinguished Fellow. The announcement comes as Hawaii transitions the Connector’s plan management and consumer assistance functions to state agencies and begins utilizing HealthCare.gov for eligibility and enrollment functions for 2016 open enrollment.

Texas: New Health Services Commissioner Named

Dr. John Hellerstedt was named the new Commissioner of the Department of State Health Services, effective January 1, 2016. Dr. Hellerstedt previously served as Medical Director for the Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program Division before assuming his current position as Chief Medical Officer at the Seton Family of Hospitals. Dr. Hellerstedt's appointment comes a week after Gary Jessee was named the new State Medicaid Director.