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Interim director takes over as Quattrocki leaves for AG’s office

Maryland is in need of a new executive director of the Health Benefit Exchange after Carolyn Quattrocki announced her resignation.

Quattrocki will leave the office Sept. 27 to return to the Office of the Attorney General, where she will fill the deputy position created by the departure of Thiru Vignarajah. 7a Quattrocki, CarolynBPS_web

Quattrocki, who holds a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and a law degree from Yale Law School, previously worked in the attorney general’s office as a special assistant to then Attorney General J. Joseph Curran. She worked mostly on civil litigation, according to Raquel Coombs, a spokeswoman for the office.

More recently, she served as deputy legislative officer to then-Gov. Martin O’Malley, a Democrat. Quattrocki was executive director of the Governor’s Office of Health Care Reform in 2013 when she was tapped to take over the foundering health benefit exchange.

She continued in the position under Republican Gov. Larry Hogan.

It is not clear exactly what duties Quattrocki will have in her new position. Vingnarajah was head of the criminal division within the agency.

Coombs said Attorney General Brian E. Frosh has not yet decided which departments will be overseen by Quattrocki and said some changes could be in the works within the office.

Quattrocki’s departure comes as the exchange is about to enter the open enrollment period on Nov. 1.

Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Secretary Van T. Mitchell, in a statement, said Jonathan N. Kromm, who was hired as deputy executive director of the exchange in January 2014, has been named acting executive director.

Kromm holds a doctoral degree in health care policy from The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Prior to joining the exchange, Kromm served as deputy director of the Governor’s Office on Health Care Reform under Quattrocki. He also worked as a public health researcher for RTI International and The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Kromm has served as deputy executive director of the agency since January 2014. In addition to his work for the State of Maryland, he has worked for RTI International, The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the American Cancer Society. He earned his doctoral degree in health policy from The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Mitchell said Kromm’s interim appointment will help ensure continuity as the exchange begins a national search for a new executive director.