BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - A contract for Idaho's new health insurance exchange was awarded to a board member, causing an outcry from other board members unaware of the deal.
Sen. Jim Rice, R-Caldwell, told KBOI News "there's all sorts of bad behavior on this one." He's one of the 19 members on the board of directors.
The money is for Your Health Idaho's website, which allows people to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.
Exchange executive director Amy Dowd reportedly gave board member Frank Chan the $180-per-hour contract to oversee a big technology project.
When it was announced, Chan resigned. His name has already been taken off the list of board members posted online.
Sen. Rice said the people involved ignored the ethics discussions the board has had. When we interviewed him at his son's baseball game, he said the deal was no foul ball.
"No, a foul ball's an accident," Rice said. "This is on purpose. This is offensive bad behavior. It's more like somebody going and clotheslining somebody on purpose, trying to take them out."
The governor's office sent us a statement that said it didn't sign off on the contract but understands there are questions about it. "We have confidence in the board and staff to address these issues next week and ensure we continue to have a transparent and accountable process for implementing the exchange," the statement said.
A special meeting is set for Tuesday morning to discuss the "procurement process."