Karen Ignagni, the longtime president of America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), U.S. health insurers’ lead trade group, is resigning to become the president of EmblemHealth, a nonprofit health plan based in New York City, AHIP says.
AHIP is naming Daniel Durham, the group’s executive vice president for strategic initiatives, to be interim chief executive officer. The board says it’s conducting a national search for a new permanent CEO.
Ignagni worked as an aide in Congress and as the director of the employee benefits department at the AFL-CIO before becoming the leader of the American Association of Health Plans (AAHP), a managed care plan group, in 1993.
Ignagni warned managed care company executives at the AAHP meeting in New Orleans in 1996 that they were about to face a regulatory backlash, and that they had to manage change by offering their own health system change proposals.
Ignagni helped bring about the merger of the AAHP with the Health Insurance Association of America (HIAA), an insurance company trade group, in 2003.
In 2007, Ignagni unveiled an AHIP health finance reform proposal that included early forms of some of the provisions eventually included in what became the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA).