Thursday, July 05, 2018
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Executive Index
by Company
Ms. Cindy Wakefield
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana
Vice President of Strategic Communications
Dr. Derek Robinson
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana (BCBSMT)
Former Vice President of Enterprise Quality and Accreditation
Ms. Lyndi Rossi
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM)
Senior Vice President of Public Affairs
Mr. Daniel J. Loepp
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM)
President and CEO
Mr. Paul Markovich
Blue Shield of California
President and Chief Operating Officer
Ms. Sandra Clarke
Blue Shield of California
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Jeff Semenchuk
Blue Shield of California
Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer
Ms. Margaret (Peggy) Maguire
Cambia Health Solutions, Inc. (formerly The Regence Group)
Senior Vice President - Corporate Accountability and Chief of Staff
Ms. Laura Lott
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan - Hawaii
Director - Community and Public Relations
Mr. Dave Underriner
Kaiser Permanente Hawaii
Company News Headlines
HIP News and Announcements      
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana Tackles Economic and Health Disparities
Making the Health Care System WorkSM , the online digital magazine from BCBSMT , explores a community-based approach to tackling economic and health disparities in its latest article, “Building Communities for Better Health.”

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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Continues to Positively Impact Residents with Nearly $67 Million in Community Investments in 2017
" Blue Cross ’s contributions to in 2017 far exceed those of many of our national competitors. Our contributions last year to Michigan-based organizations are four times what some national health plans contributed to communities across the county," said Mr. Daniel J. Loepp , president and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

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AHIP’s Letter to Investor’s Business Daily in Response to Medicaid Expansion
First, Pipes states that Medicaid represents a significant portion of state budgets. Medicaid is a priority investment, but that’s not the whole story. Since 1999, the per-enrollee costs of Medicaid have grown slower than costs per person for Medicare and private insurance. In some years, Medicaid spending per enrollee actually decreased.

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AHIP Blog: Medicare Advantage Surpasses 20 Million Enrollees
Medicare Advantage is an option within Medicare that provides the same benefits as traditional Medicare, but includes additional services and coverage like prescription drugs, vision, hearing, dental, and wellness care.. Today, the program stands strong with more than 20 million Americans enrolled in a Medicare Advantage health care plan, despite projections that enrollment would plummet.

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BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Employees Provide 10,472 Meals to Chattanooga Area Food Bank
“I am overwhelmed by the amazing response and tremendous generosity of our Team Blue volunteers and BCBST employees. They have helped stock food bank shelves, and many of our neighbors will have meals this summer thanks to their efforts," said Mr. Scott Wilson , director of community relations and health foundation for BlueCross

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Kaiser Permanente Hosts Community Workday at Koko Head Elementary School
“We’re grateful to our employees and school volunteers for joining us today to help beautify Koko Head Elementary. Our commitment to community service includes volunteering our time and efforts toward creating a healthier and more productive learning environment for keiki," said Mr. Dave Underriner , president of Kaiser Permanente Hawaii

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Blue Shield of California Names Clarke CFO and Semenchuk CIO, Mick Murray to Retire
“To transform the health care system and fulfill our mission, we need creative, dynamic leaders. Today I’m excited to announce the addition of two such leaders to the Blue Shield of California team – Ms. Sandra Clarke and Mr. Jeff Semenchuk ,” said President and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Paul Markovich

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Cindy Wakefield Joins Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana as Vice President of Strategic Communications
Ms. Cindy Wakefield has joined Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana as vice president of Strategic Communications. In this role, she will oversee an award-winning creative team in developing and executing corporate advertising, public relations, internal communications, direct marketing and the company’s online and social media presence. She also will serve as Blue Cross’ company spokesperson.

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Cambia's Peggy Maguire Featured in Portland Business Journal Podcast on Ethics in Business
According to Cambia Health Solutions Senior Vice President Ms. Margaret Maguire , the idea of ethics as a “check-the-box” activity doesn’t work. For Cambia, ethics and compliance have long been a priority…it’s simply part of our culture and an integral part of how we do business.

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