One-fifth of the employees of Colorado’s health care exchange made more than $100,000 a year in salary and bonuses — with the executive director’s pay exceeding $190,000 in 2013, exchange records show.
And nearly half of the 36 exchange employees make more than $80,000 a year.
As HealthNewsColorado notes, “Since Colorado created its own exchange in 2011, managers repeatedly have vowed to be a ‘lean and mean’ organization.” (Does proposing a hike in user fees count as “mean”?)
Colorado has spent close to $177 million in federal grants building and managing the exchange. Connect for Health Colorado says it signed up 220,441 people through March 1 — with 135,560 enrolling in Medicaid and 84,881 purchasing private insurance.