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June 4, 2014 at 1:04 PM

Washington health insurance exchange CIO resigns

Curt Kwak, chief information officer of the Washington Health Benefit Exchange, which manages the Washington Healthplanfinder online insurance marketplace, has resigned for personal reasons. “I want to spend more time with my family,” Kwak said this morning.

Kwak oversaw the technical side of the development of the exchange’s website and its integration with state and federal databases from August 2012 through completion of the first enrollment period at the end of March 2014.  While the Washington exchange has experienced some problems, particularly in its first month of operation, it is considered to have had one of the more successful launches under the Affordable Care Act, with more than 164,000 people enrolled in qualified health plans.

A search is under way for a new CIO. “There is a solid foundation of managerial leadership under Curt that is well equipped to handle the work that is ahead of us,” said Bethany Frey, spokeswoman for the exchange.

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