Executive Director of Get Covered Illinois Resigns

CHICAGO (AP) — A key government leader in Illinois’ health insurance enrollment efforts over the past two years has resigned.

Jennifer Koehler was executive director of Get Covered Illinois and part of former Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration. She oversaw federal grant programs promoting insurance coverage, including advertising and in-person outreach.

Koehler says she’s resigning to pursue other professional opportunities.

More than 347,000 Illinoisans enrolled or re-enrolled in private health insurance before last Sunday’s deadline, far surpassing enrollment in the first year. Another 572,000 lower-income Illinoisans qualified for Medicaid under the health care law’s expansion.

The enrollment numbers have been good this year. But in the first enrollment season, the private insurance marketplace sign-ups fell short of an internal goal, in part because of troubles with HealthCare.gov.

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