BLUMENTHAL STATEMENT ON APPOINTMENT OF KEVIN COUNIHAN AS CEO OF HEALTHCARE.GOV

(Hartford, CT) – U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) today released the following statement after Kevin Counihan, the CEO of Access Health CT, was named new Marketplace CEO and Director of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) by HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell.

“As the head of Connecticut’s health insurance marketplace, Kevin Counihan set the gold standard for results, accountability and access to affordable health care. He spearheaded an effort that exceeded enrollment estimates and made our exchange the national model, prompting nine other states to contact Connecticut about implementing our technology. Kevin Counihan has been a tremendous leader and advocate for consumers in Connecticut, and on the national stage at CMS, he will be able to replicate our successes on the national stage. Secretary Burwell and Kevin Counihan will make a fantastic and indefatigable team.”