New Mexico OKs Idaho official for health exchange

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – New Mexico’s health insurance exchange is hiring an Idaho official to run the online marketplace as it prepares for the next round of enrollment.

The exchange’s board of director voted Friday to select Amy Dowd as its chief executive officer. Dowd has been executive director of Idaho’s insurance exchange since last year.

The board is finalizing a contract with Dowd and it’s uncertain when she will start her new job.

Interim CEO Mike Nunez has been running New Mexico’s exchange since it was created last year.

During the first round of enrollment, New Mexico used a federally operated online marketplace for individuals and a state-run computer system for small businesses.

New Mexico hopes to use the state-run exchange for individuals this fall but questions remain whether that will happen.

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