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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
Tom Matsuda begins his new role as Interim executive director of Hawai‘i Health Connector today, announced Sherry Menor-McNamara, president of the Connector's board of directors. Matsuda resigned his post as Affordable Care Act (ACA) implementation manager in the Governor's office on Friday, Dec. 6.
The Connector's board has begun a search for a permanent executive director, Menor-McNamara said.
The Connector has continued to make progress with enrollment in the past weeks since the departure of Coral Andrews was announced.
On Nov. 22, the Connector reported enrollment had reached 340, and as of last Friday, the total jumped to 574. "Enrollments" are defined as individuals who have completed their applications and selected insurance plans, and that those selections have been turned over to insurance companies to complete the enrollment and payment process.
With no break between roles, Matsuda will hit the ground running and is ready to tackle the challenges that have been facing the state health insurance marketplace.
"I'm committed to devoting my full attention and energy to continuously improve the Connector," Matsuda said. "Although the Connector has made major strides forward in comparison to some of the other state marketplaces, we have more room for improvement. The Connector team will continue to focus on ongoing process improvements, and I will be responsible for keeping all of our stakeholders apprised of our progress on a regular basis."
"The Hawai‘i Health Connector plays an important role in meeting the needs of Hawai‘i's uninsured and providing small businesses with quality health plans to meet the healthcare needs of their employees," Matsuda added. "This ultimately translates into a more vibrant local economy as healthcare resources in our community are better managed and there can be investment in other areas to support our state."
Prior to joining the Hawai‘i Health Connector, Matsuda had been the ACA implementation manager with the Office of the Governor, since Sept. 2012.