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Mass. Gov. Baker Names 2 Top Health Care Officials

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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has named two top health care officials, an area he says has contributed to a $765 million state budget gap.Louis Gutierrez will serve as executive director of the Massachusetts Health Connector, which oversees the state's health insurance marketplace and website.

Baker also appointed Daniel Tsai as assistant secretary for MassHealth, the state's Medicaid program.

He is a partner in McKinsey & Company's Healthcare Systems and Services practice and helps lead the firm's Medicaid service line.

Gutierrez worked at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care when Baker was CEO and spent time in the administrations of Republican Governors Bill Weld, Paul Celluci and Mitt Romney.

Baker says one factor driving a $765 million state deficit is a projected $230 million shortfall in Medicaid tied to the failure of the state's health connector website last year.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

Jim is WAMC’s Associate News Director and hosts WAMC's flagship news programs: Midday Magazine, Northeast Report and Northeast Report Late Edition. Email: jlevulis@wamc.org
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