Office of the Kentucky Health Benefits Exchange
12 Mill Creek Park
Frankfort, KY 40601
Carrie Banahan is the executive director of the Office of the Kentucky Health Benefit exchange and is responsible for the implementation and operations of the Exchange. Ms. Banahan is a graduate from the University of Louisville and has over 30 years' experience in state government. From 2008 to 2012, she was the executive director of the Office of Health Policy and was responsible for the administration of the Certificate of Need program and health planning and development for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. During that time, she also served as the implementation director for Medicaid Managed Care in which 540,000 individuals was transitioned from a fee-for-service delivery system to managed care.
From 2006 to 2008, Ms. Banahan served as deputy commissioner for the Department for Medicaid Services. While at Medicaid, she was instrumental in overseeing the implementation of Kentucky Health Choices and the new MMIS (Medicaid Management Information Systems), as well as assisting with the development of new waiver programs.
From 1998 until 2006, she was employed by the Department of Insurance and worked in the Health Division as a branch manager, division director, and also served as deputy commissioner. While at Insurance, Ms. Banahan was responsible for overseeing and implementing HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) insurance requirements, prompt pay laws for insurers, an internal and external review process for consumers, and a state high-risk pool for individuals who were unable or had difficulty obtaining health insurance.