Bill Atkinson, the president and CEO of WakeMed Health and Hospitals, announced last week he was stepping down — just days before the Affordable Care Act’s new health insurance enrollment system debuts nationwide.
A statement from WakeMed says the system’s Board of Directors and Atkinson mutually decided that he will step down by Tuesday — the beginning of the new fiscal year for WakeMed. The statement cited differences between Atkinson and the board about the future direction of the organization.
But Tuesday marks the first day that Affordable Care Act enrollment begins for subsidized insurance through the new Health Insurance Marketplace.
The online system is intended to allow many uninsured families to find affordable health insurance, with coverage to start in January.
In the statement, WakeMed said an interim CEO has not yet been named and that hospital officials plan to conduct a national search to find Atkinson’s replacement.