Though her bid for lieutenant governor didn’t pan out, Cassandra Gekas has found alternative employment with the State of Vermont. Paul Heintz of Seven Days reported on Friday that the Department of Vermont Health Access hired Gekas as its health access policy and planning chief.
As the administrator of Vermont’s public health insurance programs, DVHA is the lead agency implementing the health insurance exchange — one component of the Affordable Care Act. In this role, Gekas will lead “policy and research related to Medicaid and the integration of Vermont’s public programs.”
Gekas ran as Progressive and Democrat against incumbent Republican Phil Scott. She received 40 percent of the vote; Scott received 57 percent of the ballots cast. Prior to the campaign, she served as a health care advocate for the Vermont Public Interest Research Group.
Gekas told Heintz, “For me, I’m going to miss the Statehouse, but for the time being I think it’s really important for me to focus my energies and skills on making sure we get to single payer.”
Gekas did not return repeated calls from VTDigger for comment.