AHIP Names Anthem, Kaiser CEOs as Upcoming Board Chairs

America’s Health Insurance Plans, the powerful lobbying group representing health insurers, named the CEO of Anthem as its next board chair on Tuesday.

Joseph Swedish, Anthem’s president and CEO, will lead the organization’s board starting in January for a year, and Kaiser Permanente’s Chairman and CEO Bernard Tyson will serve as its board chair for a year starting in January 2018. The group’s board also announced that they approved new changes to its dues and governance structure, according to a release.

“Joe and Bernard are recognized leaders who will bring a strong vision for the industry’s consumer-driven priorities over the next two years,” AHIP President and CEO Marilyn Tavenner said in a statement.


Health Brief: Week in Review & What’s Ahead

President Donald Trump did not mention health reform in his inaugural address, but he signed an executive order that night that aims to give federal agencies the authority to waive parts of the law they deem to be too expensive, among other changes. It’s unclear exactly how much additional power the order really gives agencies.

Health Brief: Senate Advances Budget Resolution to Repeal ACA

The Senate voted 51-48 early Thursday morning to advance a budget resolution starting the process of repealing the Affordable Care Act, with only Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) crossing party lines. Democrats forced roughly seven hours of mostly symbolic votes, and GOP senators withdrew an amendment that would have formally given more time to lawmakers crafting forthcoming reconciliation legislation that would repeal the law.

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