State still looking for leader for Nevada Health Link

LAS VEGAS -- The troubled Nevada Health Link is looking for a new leader as it prepares for this fall's open enrollment process.

The system is still riddled with errors, and the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange Board is now interviewing candidates to take the open executive director position.

The board held a meeting Wednesday and narrowed down the choices to two people.

The first is David Haws, someone who has worked for the state dealing directly with technology for the past 10 years. The board thinks he may be the guy to fix some of the technical glitches plaguing the exchange.

Haws feels he has what it takes to help get Nevada Health Link get back on track.

"Now you really have an opportunity to take advantage of the technology that is available. Understand the data and the relationships, with these stake holders and then provide solutions and a response to them that I think is very possible," Haws said.

The next person they are considering is Bruce Gilbert, an insurance expert out of Texas. He has considerable experience in the insurance sector but not as much in information technology, which is where the exchange is really struggling now.

He interviewed via Skype. Board members had positive things to say following his interview.

"He seems to have a wide array of experience, that would probably benefit the exchange," board vice-chair Lynn Etkins said.

"Working knowledge of the insurance, insurance industry, and the marketplace. I don't think we should have any concerns there at all," Nevada Insurance Commissioner Scott Kipper said.

The health exchange originally had three candidates, including James Hooban from Las Vegas. Board members say they felt he would be a great leader, but just didn't have the insurance and IT experience necessary.

Board members are flying Gilbert in for an in person interview next week, which is when they could make a final decision.


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