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MNsure chief resigns amid controversy

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The head of Minnesota's health care exchange has resigned amid controversy.

KSTP reports the news of April Todd-Malmlov's resignation comes after the board in charge of Minnesota's health insurance exchange called a closed door meeting Tuesday.

She has been under fire for taking a vacation in November while there have been many problems with the health care exchange.

KSTP's Tom Hauser reports that Gov. Mark Dayton commends MNsure for their swift action.

The Star Tribune reports the board has installed Scott Leitz to the new position of interim Chief Executive Officer while it conducts a search for a permanent chief executive.

"I fully support their decision, and I have confidence in Scott Leitz's abilities to lead MNsure as its Acting Chief Executive Officer," said Gov. Dayton in his press statement.

The vacation by Todd-Malmlov was to Costa Rica with state Medicaid director James Golden, according to the Star Tribune. The two have worked closely on the implementation of the new health insurance exchange.

Some Republicans including one of the candidates for governor, Scott Honour, called on Todd-Malmlov to resign Monday.

MNsure board chair Brian Beutner said, "The Board believes the organization is at the stage where it needs a CEO to manage both MNsure's current challenges and position it for greater success in the future."

Beutner expressed support for Leitz saying he has been a proven leader at the Department of Human Services.

"MNsure must do better," said Leitz. "If there are problems or mistakes, we will acknowledge them and fix them. I look forward to working with MNsure's talented team to make MNsure work for the people of Minnesota.

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