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Health Exchange Executive Director Resigns

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Nevada Health Link website  (photo: Tate South/KXNT/CBS Las Vegas)

Nevada Health Link website (photo: Tate South/KXNT/CBS Las Vegas)

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP/KXNT) — The executive director of Nevada’s beleaguered health insurance exchange is resigning.

Jon Hager announced his resignation Thursday effective March 14. He says he has been offered new opportunities he wants to pursue.

Hagar did release the following statement:

“The knowledge and experiences I have gained as Executive Director of the Exchange will prove invaluable in my working career.  I am grateful to the Board and the Governor for this incredible opportunity to serve Nevadans.  However, it is time to use my new found knowledge to pursue the opportunities that have been offered to me.”

Hager has overseen Nevada’s health insurance exchange since it was authorized by lawmakers in 2011.

But Nevada’s online web portal created as part of the federal health care reform law has been beset with problems, including website errors and long wait times for telephone assistance.

Much of the blame has been put on Xerox, which was awarded a $75 million contract to design and operate the system.

Gov. Brian Sandoval issued a statement thanking Hager for his service. He said Hager worked tirelessly and the launch of Nevada Health Link was a significant and unprecedented undertaking.

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