Ex-Navy captain, CPA to lead state’s health exchange

A former leader at ConnectiCare and Aetna was named the chief operating officer of the Connecticut Health Insurance Exchange, Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman announced Wednesday.

Peter Van Loon, a former Navy captain with 25 years of experience in health care technology and finance operation, will join the executive team as COO for the quasi-public entity that will implement parts of the federal Affordable Care Act.

Van Loon graduated with a B.S. from Trinity College and an MBA in finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Every state is required to set up an exchange to offer individuals and businesses a choice of state-regulated health coverage plans by 2014. In Connecticut, as many as 200,000 uninsured residents will be eligible to buy subsidized insurance through the exchange.

The exchange also hired Steven Sigal, a CPA with more than 35 years of experience in finance, as chief financial officer, said Wyman, who is chairwoman of the exchange’s board of directors.

Sigal has held senior finance positions for Aetna and Travelers and was an audit manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers. He holds a B.S. from Georgetown University and a certificate from the Advanced Management Program at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.

The two new hires complete the staffing of the exchange’s executive team, Wyman said.