(Associated Press) A board member of the Idaho health insurance exchange quit Wednesday, the same day the exchange awarded his company a no-bid contract worth up to $375,000.
Frank Chan resigned from the Your Health Idaho board to avoid the appearance of "conflict of interest," board members said. Chan's company, Boise-based Applied Computing, will serve as the exchange's information technology consultant.
Earlier this year, Chan was appointed by Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter to help oversee the Internet marketplace created under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. It allows people to shop for insurance and learn if they qualify for federal subsidies. He had been technology chairman of the 19-member volunteer board.
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Chan will now earn $180 an hour to oversee the exchange's technology vendors as it works to replace a glitch-filled federal software system with one that's state-based by next year. The exchange is seeking a $50 million, taxpayer-funded grant from the federal government to pay for that project.