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AHIP CEO Matt Eyles to Step Down

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America’s Health Insurance Plans, a health insurance trade group, said Wednesday that CEO Matt Eyles will relinquish his post on Oct. 2.

Eyles hinted that his next role will also involve health care policy.

“Down the road, I look forward to working on new pathways and collaborations to make our health care system better for everyone,” Eyles said.

AHIP said it will conduct a national search to find a new CEO.

What It Means

Health insurers will have a new top strategist this fall as they work to protect Medicare, Medicaid, Affordable Care Act programs and the group health insurance tax exclusion from budget cutters.

Matt Eyles

Eyles moved to AHIP from Avalere Health, a consulting firm, in 2015. He succeeded Marilyn Tavenner as the president and CEO of the Washington-based group in 2018.

He helped AHIP navigate the last three years of Donald Trump’s presidency, the first half of Joe Biden’s presidency and the COVID-19 pandemic.

The latest AHIP tax form available in the IRS tax-exempt entity database, for 2018, shows that when he started, he had a base compensation of $808,496 and earned a $100,000 bonus.

Where the Former CEOs Went

Tavenner, Eyles’ predecessor, was a former administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

She now serves on the boards of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Arizona and other health care and health insurance organizations.

Karen Ignagni, who led AHIP and a predecessor group from 1993 through 2015, is the CEO of EmblemHealth, a health insurer.

Another former CEO, Charles Kahn, became the CEO of the Federation of American Hospitals, a group for investor-owned hospitals.

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