Governor appoints insurance exchange board member

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The leader of New Mexico's largest commercial health insurer has been named to a board governing the state's health insurance exchange.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico President Kurt Shipley was appointed to the board by Gov. Susana Martinez.

Shipley succeeds Lovelace Health Plan CEO Ben Slocum, whose term had expired.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield recently acquired Lovelace's commercial insurance business and Medicare customers.

Shipley's term expires June 30, 2016.

The exchange serves as an online marketplace for individuals and small businesses to buy medical coverage.

The 13-member board must decide soon whether to switch to a state-run computer system for enrolling individuals this fall. New Mexico has been using a federally operated exchange, which was plagued with technical problems when it started late last year.

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