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Sims named health exchange chairman

OLYMPIA -- Ron Sims will be the new chairman of the Washington Health Benefit Exchange, which operates the state's online system for finding health insurance.

Sims, a member of the Washington Health Alliance board,  is a former King County Executive and former deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. He ran unsuccessfully for U.S. Senate in 1994 as a Democratic challenger to incumbent Republican Slade Gorton.

On a more parochial note, he's a Spokane native and graduate of Lewis and Clark High School. 

Gov. Jay Inslee announced the appointment this week to replace current chairwoman Margaret Stanley.



Jim Camden
Jim Camden joined The Spokesman-Review in 1981 and retired in 2021. He is currently the political and state government correspondent covering Washington state.

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