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Press Release Audrey Morse Gasteier Appointed as Acting Executive Director of the Massachusetts Health Connector

For immediate release:
1/04/2023
  • Executive Office of Health and Human Services

Media Contact for Audrey Morse Gasteier Appointed as Acting Executive Director of the Massachusetts Health Connector

Olivia James, Communications Manager

BOSTONToday, Secretary of Health and Human Services and Board Chair of the Massachusetts Health Connector Marylou Sudders announced that Audrey Morse Gasteier, current Deputy Executive Director and Chief of Policy and Strategy of the Massachusetts Health Connector, has been appointed Acting Executive Director of the Massachusetts Health Connector. Gasteier will succeed Louis Gutierrez, who retired from public service after having served with distinction as Executive Director of the Massachusetts Health Connector since February 2015.

Gasteier has served at the Health Connector since 2012, leading policy development and strategy related to the Health Connector’s role as the state’s Affordable Care Act health insurance marketplace. She is also an instructor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

“The Health Connector provides affordable health care for more than 275,000 Massachusetts residents by creating low barriers to coverage, and implementing support services for members,” said Secretary Sudders. “I am confident that Audrey will further advance access to high-quality health care in the Commonwealth by helping people find the coverage they need.”

“I’m grateful to Secretary Sudders for this appointment, at a time when the Health Connector is positioned to help hundreds of thousands of people gain access to high value, affordable health insurance,” said Gasteier. “The Health Connector continues Open Enrollment through January 23, helping residents without insurance get covered, and extensive preparation is ongoing for the upcoming end of federal Covid-related Medicaid protections. This will enable hundreds of thousands of people expected to transition from MassHealth coverage to become eligible for low-cost Health Connector coverage and preserve their access to health care.”

Prior to joining the Health Connector in 2012, Gasteier served as Director of Health Systems Policy at the Massachusetts Division of Health Care Finance and Policy, where she led health coverage research initiatives and directed implementation of employer-related elements of state health reform. She also served as a Policy Analyst at the Association of Community Human Service Agencies in Los Angeles, California. Audrey holds a MS in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and a BA from Mount Holyoke College.

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Media Contact for Audrey Morse Gasteier Appointed as Acting Executive Director of the Massachusetts Health Connector

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