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After three-hour closed meeting, health exchange board says it’ll keep contract probe secret

Board members of the Idaho health insurance exchange said Tuesday that they will keep secret the findings of a $15,000 taxpayer-funded investigation into how one of its own members won a lucrative no-bid contract, the Associated Press reports. Your Health Idaho board chairman Stephen Weeg said the two-week-long review by a private lawyer uncovered “lapses in judgment,” though nothing illegal. Exchange executive director Amy Dowd last month awarded a technology contract worth up to $375,000 to board member Frank Chan, who quit the same day the contract was announced.

Dowd gave Chan the contract without advertising it or allowing others to compete. It was later canceled after House Speaker Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, joined critics who called Dowd's deal with an exchange insider “indefensible.” Boise lawyer Frederick Mack was hired to scrutinize the deal. He presented his report Tuesday during a three-hour, closed-door exchange board meeting at the Idaho Capitol.

“The key finding was: We violated no law, that lapses of judgment were made around the procurement policy and conflict-of-interest policy,” Weeg said following the meeting. “He had recommendations for us to move forward as an organization.” However, Weeg said the public will never be able to see Mack's recommendations or findings. “It deals with personnel, and it's done under attorney-client privilege,” said Weeg, a retired Pocatello health care industry executive who heads up the volunteer board. He declined to detail the judgment lapses Mack found or who committed them; click below for the full report from AP reporter John Miller.

Review of canceled insurance exchange contract could take a week

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A lawyer hired to review how Idaho insurance exchange leaders awarded a no-bid, $375,000 contract to a board member says he'll be finished within a week. Fred Mack, a corporate governance specialist at a Boise law firm, said Wednesday the bill for his investigation of the contract between Your Health Idaho director Amy Dowd and former board member Frank Chan won't exceed $15,000. Last week, Chan canceled his contract to manage a big exchange technology project. Concerns arose that it went to an insider — without any competition for the lucrative work priced at $180 per hour. Even with Chan's contract ended, however, board members enlisted Mack to review what led to the pact, partly to help them establish better rules to prevent such issues from arising in the future.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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