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.”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.
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.