- Associated Press - Friday, August 14, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) - Get Covered Illinois, the state’s health insurance marketplace, has lost its executive director less than three months ahead of the annual enrollment period under President Barack Obama’s health care law.

Karin Zosel’s last day was Aug. 7, Illinois Department of Insurance spokeswoman Alissandra Calderon said Friday.

Hired by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner in March, Zosel replaced an appointee of former Gov. Pat Quinn, a Democrat. Last month, Rauner eliminated 15 staff positions from Get Covered Illinois and made it a division of the Department of Insurance.

The department is “seeking a new leader” for the insurance exchange, Calderon said in an email, “to continue the important work of increasing access for Illinoisans to quality, affordable health coverage.” Zosel’s leadership “has been instrumental,” she said. “We appreciate her leadership throughout her time with Get Covered Illinois and wish her well with her new endeavor.”

Zosel has returned to MacMurray College in Jacksonville where she worked before Rauner appointed her. The school’s website says Zosel started as MacMurray’s vice president for institutional advancement on Wednesday. It’s unclear why Zosel is leaving the state position for a new post with her former employer.

The Illinois insurance department is headed by Rauner appointee Anne Melissa Dowling, who came from the Connecticut Insurance Department and was a board member of Connecticut’s state-based health insurance exchange.

The open enrollment period for health insurance coverage begins Nov. 1 and runs through Jan. 31, 2016. Get Covered Illinois has provided information and assistance to people signing up for coverage through a website, social media, advertising and a network of outreach workers. It has been funded by federal grants made available to Illinois under the Affordable Care Act.

A phone message left at the college for Zosel seeking comment on the move wasn’t immediately returned.

“I am thrilled to have the chance to return to MacMurray to assume a greater leadership role in growing the College,” Zosel said in a news release on the college’s website.

Zosel lives in Jacksonville with her husband, Matt, who is assistant men’s basketball coach at Millikin University in Decatur, and their two children, according to the MacMurray College website.

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