‘Colorado health exchange officials say indicted director was vetted’

By Max R. Weller

Read the report from the Denver Post. Quoting from it below:

State health-care exchange officials said they thoroughly vetted Christa Ann McClure, the Connect for Health Colorado director they placed on paid administrative leave Tuesday after learning she’d been indicted for stealing from her last employer.

McClure, 51, pleaded not guilty Feb. 6 in federal District Court in Montana to eight counts of theft and fraud from a nonprofit housing agency in Billings.

She was indicted Jan. 16 and notified her current Denver employer, the state-sponsored health exchange, on Monday, a few days after the story broke in Montana media, Connect for Health spokesman Ben Davis said in a telephone interview.

Connect for Health performed a criminal background check and checked references before hiring McClure in March 2013, Davis said.

“She was completely clean,” he said. Her position as executive director of Housing Montana of Billings, he said, made her well-qualified for her post as Connect for Health’s director of partner engagement — she was liaison with state and federal partners, such as Medicaid officials. The job pays $130,000 a year.

“Integrity and public trust are paramount to the mission of Connect for Health Colorado,” Davis said in a statement released Wednesday. “We take extensive measures to protect consumer information and technology systems.”

Connect for Health Colorado, a new health insurance marketplace, was established by a state law in 2011 and opened for business in October 2013. Its official name is the Colorado Health Benefit Exchange.

Like I’ve said repeatedly: [WhodunitCare] is an unholy alliance of government bureaucrats lusting for more power and private insurers lusting for more profits — and it has NOTHING to do with helping physicians and patients.

How many more Christa McClure-types are involved in administration of the Affordable Care Act?


2 thoughts on “‘Colorado health exchange officials say indicted director was vetted’

  1. Renee Thompson

    This story reminds me of the kind of charity organization antics described in “Bowling for Bums,” which I am currently reading. It’s very well written.


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