Sacramento Business Journal by Christopher Arns –
July 31, 2013:
Michael Lujan, the man responsible for marketing California’s new health care exchange to small businesses, submitted his resignation Wednesday.
Lujan was head of sales and marketing for Covered California’s Small Business Health Options Program, the state’s insurance marketplace for businesses with fewer than 50 people. He was charged with traveling around the state and explaining to employers the massive changes expected with the Affordable Care Act when it kicks off. Covered California plans to begin enrollment in October.
A spokesman for Covered California said Lujan will leave his position Aug. 9, but didn’t have details on whether the marketing director had specific plans or another job lined up.
“Now that he has accomplished what he came for, he intends to resume his career in the private sector,” said Santiago Lucero, the exchange’s spokesman.
“I am proud to have played a small role in the development of our state exchange and grateful for the opportunity to apply my industry experience to my role at Covered California,” Lujan said in a statement released by the agency. “I can leave with confidence knowing that our SHOP staff, sales team and agents are prepared for success and ready to get California enrolled.”