NM Health Exchange taps GetInsured for interim leadership

Heather Korbulic

Two months after Jeffery Bustamante stepped down as chief executive of the New Mexico Health Exchange, beWellnm announced the interim leadership.

BeWellnm spokesman James Korenchen said Thursday that the health exchange has contracted with GetInsured, a health exchange technology provider, to run the exchange for the next 10 months. BeWellnm is currently looking for a new CEO, Korenchen added.

Heather Korbulic, Senior Policy and Strategy Officer for GetInsured, will lead beWellnm during this time.

“Our goal is to make beWellnm successful in enrolling uninsured New Mexicans in comprehensive and affordable health insurance,” Korbulic said.

GetInsured’s contract with beWellnm includes Korbulic leading the health exchange for the next few months until a new CEO is appointed. Korbulic’s work with GetInsured is to engage local, state and federal policy makers in developing technology-driven improvement strategies, according to a press release.

Prior to her time at GetInsured, Korbulic served as executive director of the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange in Nevada for six years.

“The beWellnm Board is very pleased to welcome the expert interim management team from GetInsured, who will work closely with the beWellnm team as we recruit our next CEO and maintain and operate the based exchange. on the state of New Mexico,” said David, Chairman of the Board of beWellnm. Shaw said in a statement.

Bustamante, who served as interim CEO in March 2019 before being named full-time CEO in November of that year, was one of five executives who have led the health insurance exchange since its inception. in 2013.

Mike Nunez served as interim CEO until 2014, when he was replaced by Amy Dowd, who was previously director of the Idaho exchange.

Dowd however left in 2016 for Molina Healthcare and was replaced by Linda Weeden, former Director of Communications and Outreach at beWellnm. Weeden was then replaced by Cheryl Gardner in 2017.

Bustamante then replaced Gardner. The then-board elected not to extend Gardner’s two-year contract, according to previous Journal reports, which led to Bustamante’s appointment.

Bustamante did not give a reason for his resignation.

More than 45,000 people applied for health insurance during the promoted open enrollment period which ran from Nov. 1 to Jan. 15, according to a report from beWellnm. The next open registration starts in November this year.

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