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    Ex-state budget chief to lead insurer

    BOSTON — Governor Deval Patrick’s former budget chief has landed a new job.

    Jay Gonzalez, who recently stepped down as secretary of administration and finance for the administration, has accepted a post as chief executive of CeltiCare Health Plan of Massachusetts beginning in January.

    Until then, Gonzalez will serve as senior vice president and chief development officer.

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    The reason for the delay is to comply with state ethics laws that prohibit Gonzalez from working under the company’s existing contracts with the state’s Health Insurance Connector Authority for a year after his resignation.

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    Gonzalez had served as Patrick’s budget chief from 2007 until the end of last year.

    CeltiCare Health Plan of Massachusetts, founded in 2009, provides lower-cost health plans to Massachusetts residents and is a subsidiary of Centene Corp.

    Associated Press