The board of the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange could soon have a permanent executive director.
Board members said in a Thursday meeting that they have narrowed 50 applicants down to three candidates it plans to interview on Wednesday.
The first candidate is Bruce Gilbert, a principal in HIX Partners of Addison, Texas. HIX Partners is a consulting firm that helps insurance brokers, professional and nonprofit associations build benefit plans and delivery platforms, such as private insurance exchanges.
Gilbert’s biography lists experience practicing law and managing regional operations for a Fortune 100 health care company. He also was benefits administrator for Ohio, where he managed the state’s five self-funded health plans. He has a bachelor’s degree from Dickinson College and a law degree from Duquesne University School of Law, both in Pennsylvania.
The board will also interview James Hooban of Las Vegas. Hooban is president of Independent Nevada Doctors, which provides medical professional liability insurance for doctors across the Silver State.
Hooban also has experience as vice president of American Re-Insurance Co., where he led a global risk management division with 40 people in underwriting and marketing.
Hooban’s LinkedIn account said he is “working on several projects in Nevada relating to insurance, health care and local charities.”
He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland’s University Campus in Heidelberg, Germany, while serving in the Army.
The third candidate is David Haas of Carson City. Haas is information technology administrator for the state Employment, Training and Rehabilitation Department. The Review-Journal did not have background information on Haas at press time.
The exchange’s executive director position has been open since March 14, when Jon Hager resigned from the position amid disappointing enrollment numbers and a series of technical glitches on the exchange’s Nevada Health Link website.
Steve Fisher, deputy director of the Nevada Division of Welfare and Supportive Services, has been serving as interim director.
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