NM health exchange taps GetInsured for interim leadership


Heather Korbulic

Two months after Jeffery Bustamante stepped down from his post as chief executive officer of New Mexico’s health exchange, beWellnm has announced interim leadership.

BeWellnm spokesman James Korenchen on Thursday said the health exchange has contracted with GetInsured, a provider of health exchange technology, to lead the exchange over the next 10 months. BeWellnm is currently conducting a search for a new CEO, Korenchen added.

Heather Korbulic, senior policy and strategy lead for GetInsured, will lead beWellnm over that time span.


“Our goal is to ensure that beWellnm is successful in enrolling uninsured New Mexicans in affordable, comprehensive health insurance,” Korbulic said.

GetInsured’s contract with beWellnm includes Korbulic leading the health exchange for the next few months until a new CEO is named. Korbulic’s job with GetInsured is to engage local, state and federal policymakers in the development of strategies for technology-driven improvements, according to a news release.

Prior to her time at GetInsured, Korbulic served as the executive director of the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange in Nevada for six years.

“The beWellnm Board of Directors is very pleased to welcome the expert interim management team from GetInsured, who will be working closely with the beWellnm team as we recruit our next CEO and maintain and operate New Mexico’s state-based exchange,” beWellnm Board Chairman David Shaw said in a statement.

Bustamante, who served as interim CEO in March 2019 before being named full-time CEO in November of the same year, was one of five executives who have led the health insurance exchange since its inception in 2013.

Mike Nunez served as interim CEO until 2014, before being replaced by Amy Dowd, who was previously the director for Idaho’s exchange.

Dowd left in 2016 for Molina Healthcare, however, and was replaced by Linda Weeden, beWellnm’s former director of communications and outreach. Weeden was then replaced by Cheryl Gardner in 2017.

Bustamante then replaced Gardner. The board at the time had opted not to extend Gardner’s two-year contract, according to previous Journal reporting, which led to Bustamante’s appointment.

Bustamante didn’t give a reason for his resignation.

More than 45,000 people applied for health insurance during the promoted open enrollment period which spanned from Nov. 1 through Jan. 15, according to a report from beWellnm. The next open enrollment begins in November of this year.

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