Lt. Governor Wyman Announces Access Health CT CEO Jim Wadleigh Will Step Down
(HARTFORD, CT) – Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman, Chair of the Board of Access Health CT (AHCT), today announced the healthcare exchange’s CEO Jim Wadleigh will step down from the organization effective in April 2018.
Lt. Governor Wyman said, “I want to thank Jim for his great work at AHCT, and for his commitment to the people of Connecticut. Our healthcare exchange has been held up as a national model, and that’s because we’ve had strong leaders at the helm and a great team in place. Jim has been a tireless advocate for an exchange that used every opportunity to educate and be available to consumers, to help them through the selection and enrollment process, and to ensure enrollees understand how to use their new insurance. Despite the healthcare policy instability in Washington, Connecticut’s exchange enrollment went up. That speaks to Jim’s focus on outreach and ensuring Connecticut residents understood the benefits of having health insurance—and the law around the ACA. The Board and I wish him the very best in his next endeavor.”
Governor Dannel P. Malloy said, "Along with Lt. Governor Wyman, Jim Wadleigh deserves a tremendous amount of credit for ensuring that Access Health CT remains a national leader. With President Trump and Republicans in Washington pulling no punches in their attacks on the Affordable Care Act—from shortening the enrollment period to eliminating cost-sharing reduction payments—the work of Access Health CT has been both more difficult and more important than ever in the past year. I commend Jim for his efforts on behalf of Connecticut residents."
CEO Wadleigh said, “I have been extremely lucky to be part of a team that has been leading the nation since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act six years ago. During this time, I’ve seen how our efforts have improved the lives of so many Connecticut residents. We’ve had great leadership here in the state, from the Governor, Lt. Governor, our Board of Directors, and our Congressional delegation to tackle the challenges that this shifting landscape has brought. This was a difficult decision, but I know the Access Health CT team will continue to provide the value to the many individuals and families that need our services.”
Wadleigh has led the state’s healthcare exchange for more than three years and has been at AHCT for more six years, previously as the organization’s Chief Information Officer. Under his leadership, AHCT strengthened outreach initiatives and, as a result, enrollment has steadily risen. Connecticut had its highest enrollment this cycle and currently has 108,000 residents with health insurance coverage through AHCT.
The AHCT Human Resources Committee will meet to discuss next steps in the search process for a candidate to succeed Wadleigh.
Office of Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman