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Insurance exchange director quits, gets contract

Insurance exchange director quits, gets contract

By John Miller, Associated Press. CREATED Oct 17, 2013

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- An Idaho insurance exchange board member resigned the same day he got a contract worth up to $375,000 annually to oversee a multi-million technology project with the Internet insurance marketplace.

Frank Chan resigned from the Your Health Idaho board Wednesday.

Chan's company will get $180 hourly to oversee the exchange's technology vendors as Your Health Idaho switches from a software system provided by the federal government to a state-based system to take applications for health care coverage.

The exchange is seeking $50 million grant from the federal government for that project.

Chan didn't return a phone call seeking comment.

Idaho exchange director Amy Dowd said Thursday she's been given the latitude to award contracts without publicly advertising them -- to help meet tight deadlines that otherwise might be missed.