Chan cancels contract with Idaho insurance exchange

The former Idaho insurance exchange board member who was awarded a no-bid contract with the state worth up to $375,000 has canceled the deal after some lawmakers said it was inappropriate.

Members of Your Health Idaho’s board announced during a meeting Tuesday that Frank Chan canceled the contract on Monday. Exchange director Amy Dowd struck the deal with Chan last week. Chan quit his volunteer board post to take the $180-per-hour consulting contract to oversee the development of a state insurance enrollment system.

When news of the deal went public, two lawmakers – Sen. Jim Rice and Rep. Kelley Packer – said they thought it was inappropriate and should be canceled.

Chan had led the Your Health Idaho board’s technology committee before he was selected by Dowd to oversee the exchange’s technology vendors, who during the next year are slated to replace the federal enrollment system with state-based software. The money for that would come from a $50 million, taxpayer-funded grant that Idaho is now seeking from the federal government.

Dowd contends that it’s within her authority to award contracts.  (AP)

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