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Health Connector Officials Spent $170g On Perks | Boston Herald

Health Net Appoints George Miller to Board of Directors; Director Patrick Foley to Retire - Yahoo Finance

A $236 one-night stay at the Palms Hotel in Miami, which bills itself as a beachside oasis with spa-inspired bathrooms, an on-site spa and impressive views of the ocean, plus $944 in stays at Nine Zero and Millennium Bostonian, and $352 at the Omni Parker House. A $285 Obamacare cake in October 2013, and thousands for employee appreciation desserts and catered meals original site for staffers and contractors, including a $236 cookie tray from Metro Catering, $298 for Lizzys Homemade Ice Cream, $134 for pastries from Fratellis Pastry Shop and an unspecified amount from Dandy Donuts for call-center employees in Illinois. About $20,400 in parking costs that officials say the states taxpayer-funded Medicaid program will ultimately cover. All told, Connector officials ran up $171,030 in expenses in the 19 months from July 2013 through January 2015, the review found. Connector spokesman Jason Lefferts defended the expenses, noting they also include trips to Maryland and Washington, D.C., to meet with Obama administration officials at an important time in the relaunch of the website. We found the right path and we got a website that worked, said Lefferts. In terms of the food and the appreciation, obviously not just for staff here, but for the vendors that worked for us and the navigators that were helpful to us. If we bought them a bagel or a sandwich in appreciation, we were happy to do it. From the start, the connectors Obamacare portal was plagued by embarrassing glitches that, among other things, blocked people with hyphenated last names from signing up for plans, and forced others to falsely claim to be prison inmates or mental patients before they could finish their applications.

I am pleased to welcome George to Health Nets board, said Jay Gellert, president and chief executive officer of Health Net, Inc. George is known and respected for his intimate understanding and leadership across a full range of policy areas, including health care and the ACA. The company also announced the retirement of Patrick Foley, effective May7, 2015. Foley served as a director of the company since April 1997 and as a director of a predecessor company since 1996. He currently is a member of Health Nets compensation and governance committees. On behalf of the entire board and Health Net, Id like to thank Pat for his tireless commitment to the company, stated Gellert. His involvement has added greatly to our company, and we will miss him. About Health Net Health Net, Inc. is a publicly traded managed care organization that delivers managed health care services through health plans and government-sponsored managed care plans. Its mission is to help people be healthy, secure and comfortable. Health Net provides and administers health benefits to approximately 6.0million individuals across the country through group, individual, Medicare (including the Medicare prescription drug benefit commonly referred to as Part D), Medicaid, dual eligible, U.S. Department of Defense, including TRICARE, and U.S.

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