November 17, 2017

Former CT insurance exec to lead Community Health Center Assoc.

Ken Lalime has been named CEO of the Community Health Center Association of Connecticut (CHCACT).

The former top executive of a now defunct Connecticut insurance company has found a new home leading an association that represents the state's community health centers industry.

Ken Lalime has been named the new CEO of the Community Health Center Association of Connecticut (CHCACT), which represents 16 of the state's 17 federally qualified community health centers that provide primary, dental and behavioral health care to more than 376,000 Connecticut residents each year.

Lalime, who officially starts his new job Nov. 27, replaces longtime CHCACT CEO Evelyn Barnum, who has retired.

Most recently, Lalime was best known as the CEO of HealthyCT, a Wallingford-based nonprofit health insurer that was shut down by insurance regulators late last year after it ran into financial problems.

After that he became the principal of KRLHealth, working with public and private sector clients on issues of health policy, payment reform, risk assessment and mitigation, network development and patient-centered approaches to population health management.

He also spent many years in leadership positions at the Connecticut State Medical Society IPA and Norwalk Hospital.

James H. Maloney, chair of CHCACT's board of directors as well as President and CEO of the Connecticut Institute For Communities/Greater Danbury Community Health Center, said Lalime was chosen for his breadth of experience in health care leadership.

"He is the right person to keep our organization moving forward and succeeding every day on its mission to ensure access to affordable, quality health care for those in Connecticut who need it the most," Maloney said.

Lalime was chosen for job following a national search led by search firm ZurickDavis.

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