Dayton appoints two new MNsure board members

Gov. Mark Dayton has appointed Edgardo Rodriguez and Martha Eaves to the MNsure board. They’ll serve four-year terms on the seven-member board that manages and operates the embattled state health care exchange.

Eaves replaces Thompson Aderinkomi as the board’s representative of consumers eligible for individual coverage; Rodriguez replaces Brian Beutner as the board representative of small employers.

MNsure has faced numerous cost and service problems during its first two years and lacked adequate controls, according to the Legislative Auditor.

The governor’s office says this about the two new board members:

Rodriguez, Metropolitan Economic Development Association (MEDA) Business Consultant – was born and raised in Puerto Rico. Mr. Rodriguez graduated from the University of Puerto Rico with a B.S. in Business Administration and received his CPA from the University of New York. Mr. Rodriguez served as a public accountant for Price Waterhouse in New York, and was president of the Venezuelan Food Division International Multifoods Corporation for over 30 years. He has also served on the board at the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Chicano Latino Affairs Council. 

Eaves, retired attorney, Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services (SMRLS) – served as an attorney for Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services for 37 years. Ms. Eaves helped to establish Project HOPE (Homeless Outreach Prevention and Education) to help prevent homelessness by giving free legal advice to homeless, or near homeless, people living in Ramsey County. This program has since become a national model. Ms. Eaves serves as a volunteer tutor for first graders at Barack and Michelle Obama Elementary School in St. Paul. She also volunteers for East Side/Neighborhood House where she reviews cases on behalf of families who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness and have a mental illness, medical condition, or a co-occurring substance use disorder.

Dayton said the two: “will bring a broad array of experience and expertise to the MNsure Board. Their collective breadth of knowledge, and commitment to the successful development and delivery of Minnesota’s health care marketplace, will serve the best interests of all Minnesotans.”

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