One of the two major health insurer trade groups will go into negotiations over the fate of the Affordable Care Act with the same leader at the top.
Members of the Chicago-based Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association have elected Daniel Hilferty to a second term as the chairman of its board.
Hilferty is the president and chief executive officer of Philadelphia-based Independence Blue Cross.
America’s Health Insurance Plans, a Washington-based group that represents health insurers inside and outside the Blues association, has picked Joseph Swedish, the chairman of Indianapolis-based Anthem Inc., to be its chairman in 2017. Swedish will succeed Mark Ganz, the president of Portland, Oregon-based Cambia Health Solutions.
Hilferty is a member of the AHIP board, and he is also a member of the AHIP board’s executive committee.
The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association controls the rights to the Blue Cross and Blue Shield trademarks. It represents 36 separate organizations that provide health coverage for a total of about 106 million U.S. residents, or about one-third of the U.S. population.
The companies in the Blues association helped create the modern U.S. health insurance system starting in the 1920s. Some of the Blues are nonprofit organizations; some are for-profit, member-owned mutual insurers; and one, Anthem, is a publicly traded for-profit company.