Florida Health Choices, planned as an insurance exchange for people seeking non-traditional, inexpensive benefits, hired McCarthy in late July to work for up to five months getting the organization set up.
McCarthy isn’t expected to work more than 20 hours a week for Health Choices although she may occasionally do so, said Board Chairman Aaron Bean, who championed the free-market experiment when he served in the House.
“It’s great money for a part time job,” he conceded, but quickly added, “So far, she has been a very professional person. She is getting the job done.”
As Health News Florida reported earlier this week, Florida Health Choices has not enrolled a single client yet, despite getting a green light and $1.5 million from state lawmakers in May 2008. Bean attributed the delays in part to slow appointments by the governor’s office. Full story here.