The board of America’s Health Insurance Plans says David Cordani — the leader of a big, for-profit health insurer — has been elected to serve as the group’s next board chair.
Cordani, the chief executive officer of Cigna Corp., will take over from Bernard Tyson as the AHIP board chair in January 2019, AHIP says.
Tyson is the CEO of Kaiser Permanente, a nonprofit health insurer.
The AHIP board also said that Ken Burdick, the CEO of WellCare Health Plans Inc., a for-profit carrier in the Medicare and Medicaid plan markets, will be the AHIP board chair-elect in 2019.
AHIP is preparing to start its annual AHIP Institute conference in San Diego on Wednesday.
Cigna and WellCare are two of the biggest commercial health insurers that still belong to AHIP.
- UnitedHealth Group Inc. announced its departure from the group in 2015.
- Aetna Inc. dropped out in 2017.
- Humana Inc. dropped out earlier this year.
- CareFirst Inc. — a large, nonprofit Blue Cross and Blue Shield carrier — also dropped out earlier this year.
Anthem Inc., a for-profit Blue Cross and Blue Shield carrier, still belongs to AHIP.
The AHIP board recently named Matt Eyles to succeed Marilyn Tavenner as the group’s president and CEO.
Eyles said in a statement that Cordani and Burdick share Tyson’s commitment to finding new solutions that improve health coverage, and health care, affordability, value and access.