Zach Sherman, Director of HealthSource RI (HSRI) since 2015, will be leaving the state’s health insurance marketplace on September 20, 2019. Director Sherman has been with HSRI since 2015, and has been involved with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in Rhode Island since 2011. Under Sherman’s leadership, HSRI’s individual and family enrollment increased 11% from 2017-2019, a period during which enrollment through the federal marketplace fell by 9%. Director Sherman has accepted the position of Executive Director of the recently established Pennsylvania Health Insurance Exchange Authority, which is based in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
“I am proud to have been a part of the state’s efforts to achieve universal coverage and to protect access to affordable coverage,” Sherman said. “As a result of Governor Raimondo’s leadership, we have lowered the uninsured rate by nearly two thirds, resulting in more than 96% of Rhode Islanders with coverage. HSRI’s commitment to customer service, our extensive statewide outreach and community engagement initiatives, and our mission-driven staff have been a big part of this success and it has been an honor to be a part of it.”
“A record number of Rhode Islanders have access to affordable health care as a direct result of Zach’s service to our state,” said Governor Gina M. Raimondo. “Under his leadership, we’ve made significant progress reducing our uninsured rate and have improved HealthSource’s engagement with its customers. I’m grateful for his years of dedication to the people of Rhode Island, and I wish him the best of luck in his next venture.”
HealthSource RI’s Chief of Staff, Lindsay Lang, will serve as interim director during the search process for a permanent director.