Gov. Mark Dayton and MNsure interim CEO Scott Leitz spoke atthe State Capitol in St. Paul, Minn., on Friday, March 28, 2014.


MNsure interim CEO faces DWI charge from arrest in August

  • Article by: Joy Powell
  • Star Tribune
  • March 29, 2014 - 7:37 AM

Scott Leitz, the in­ter­im CEO for MNsure, acknowledged Friday that he is facing a charge of drunk­en driv­ing stemming from an arrest in Minneapolis in August.

Leitz, 47, of St. Paul, was arrested shortly after 2 a.m. on Aug. 17 near S. Sixth Street and Portland Avenue S. on suspicion of speeding and careless driving, according to Lt. Eric Roeske, a State Patrol spokesman. Leitz’s breath test indicated a blood alcohol level of 0.18 percent — more than double the legal intoxication limit in Minnesota.

The rev­ela­tion came on a day when Leitz had earlier stood by Mark Dayton’s side as the governor ex­hort­ed Min­ne­so­tans to sign up for in­sur­ance on the MNsure ex­change.

Leitz, in an e-mailed state­ment re­leased Fri­day eve­ning, said of the in­ci­dent: “I con­sider this one of the big­gest mis­takes I’ve ever made. It is hu­mili­at­ing and, as with any mis­take, I will learn from it and will not re­peat it.”

Gov. Mark Dayton and MNsure board mem­bers ex­press­ed sup­port for the work Leitz has done to help Min­ne­so­tans find health in­sur­ance un­der the new ex­change program.

MNsure Chairman Brian Beutner and Vice Chairman Peter Ben­ner said in a state­ment that they strong­ly sup­port­ed Leitz.

“Since we ap­point­ed him in mid-De­cem­ber, MNsure has turned a cor­ner,” Beutner and Benner said in the statement. “Un­der his lead­er­ship the MNsure website has sta­bi­lized, the con­sum­er ex­peri­ence has im­proved and his com­mu­ni­ca­tion has been open and trans­par­ent. We value his lead­er­ship as we con­tin­ue to make prog­ress for Min­ne­so­tans.”

MNsure board spokes­man Joe Campbell confirmed Fri­day that board mem­bers knew of Leitz’s ar­rest when they hired him in De­cem­ber.

It was the se­cond time a head of the new MNsure program has had troub­les pub­li­cized.

In De­cem­ber, MNsure Executive Director April Todd-Malmlov stepped down as head of the ex­change during a roll­out marred by a se­ries of glitch­es that its of­fi­cials con­tin­ue to work on.

Todd-Malmlov and a Hu­man Services of­fi­cial had va­ca­tioned to­gether in Costa Rica around Thanks­giv­ing, when the exchange was beset with problems. Dayton later said he found the those prob­lems to be “un­ac­cept­able.”

Fri­day night, Dayton lauded Leitz’s im­prove­ments in MNsure.

“My as­so­ci­a­tion with Mr. Leitz be­gan, af­ter the MNsure Board hired him as the act­ing CEO last De­cem­ber,” the governor said in a writ­ten state­ment. “From ev­er­y­thing I know, Mr. Leitz has pro­vid­ed MNsure with ex­cel­lent lead­er­ship and has great­ly im­proved its ser­vices to the peo­ple of Minnesota.”

Leitz was an as­sist­ant com­mis­sion­er of health care at the state Department of Hu­man Services when the MNsure board hired him. He pleaded not guil­ty to the drunk­en-driv­ing charge and alleged traf­fic vio­la­tions.

If con­victed, Leitz could be subject to a $1,000 fine, 90 days in jail or both.


Joy Powell • 612-673-7750

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