Enos stepping down at Neighborhood Health

Partners funneled $86m to money-losing plan

Deborah Enos, the CEO of Neighborhood Health Plan, said on Wednesday that she plans to step down Feb. 1 to pursue other interests. Her departure follows close on the heels of Gary Gottlieb’s announcement that he is leaving Partners HealthCare, the parent company of Neighborhood Health.

Enos’s departure comes at a time when Neighborhood Health Plan is losing so much money that Partners has had to funnel $86 million to the health insurer to bolster its reserves. Neighborhood Health, which is known for serving the state’s Medicaid population but offers commercial insurance as well, reported a net loss of $13.8 million during the first half of this calendar year, according to filings with the state Division of Insurance. The company reported a $61.8 million loss the year before.

Enos, in a message to employees and in a press release, said her decision to leave was personal. She said she was leaving after 18 years at Neighborhood Health “to enter the next phase of my personal and professional life which, among other things, will allow me to spend more time with my family and community and civic endeavors that I care so deeply about.”

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Bruce Mohl is the editor of CommonWealth magazine. Bruce came to CommonWealth from the Boston Globe, where he spent nearly 30 years in a wide variety of positions covering business and politics. He covered the Massachusetts State House and served as the Globe’s State House bureau chief in the late 1980s. He also reported for the Globe’s Spotlight Team, winning a Loeb award in 1992 for coverage of conflicts of interest in the state’s pension system. He served as the Globe’s political editor in 1994 and went on to cover consumer issues for the newspaper. At CommonWealth, Bruce helped launch the magazine’s website and has written about a wide range of issues with a special focus on politics, tax policy, energy, and gambling. Bruce is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He lives in Dorchester.

Her successor will be Neighborhood Health’s current chief operating officer, David Segal. Segal joined Neighborhood Health in 2008 after working at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and prior to that for the state.

The press release issued by Neighborhood Health said Enos “led NHP to its unique affiliation with Partners HealthCare, which provided financial stability and allowed NHP to continue fulfilling its mission, and championed community health centers as a cornerstone of a cost-effective health care delivery system, particularly for the underserved.”

Neighborhood Health, like other health plans that serve Massachusetts Medicaid recipients, has encountered financial difficulty of late because of problems at the website set up to comply with Obamacare by steering residents to health plans and because of unexpected financial outlays for a hepatitis C drug called Sovaldi.