KAREN IGNAGNI, PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF AMERICA'S HEALTH INSURANCE PLANS
Karen Ignagni The fourth forum in the series will feature a conversation with Karen Ignagni. Ms. Ignagni's talk will focus on what health insurers are doing to implement the new reform law, including structural changes in the health insurance system and innovations in the insurance markets. Her talk will be followed by a reaction panel with local stakeholders.
Ms. Ignagni, President and Chief Executive Officer of America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), is the voice of health insurance plans, representing members that provide health care, long-term care, dental and disability benefits to more than 200 million Americans. Ms. Ignagni regularly testifies before Congress on key federal legislation. In recent years, she has appeared before Senate and House committees on matters ranging from health insurance plans' role in homeland security to Medicare reform to patient protection issues and access to health care coverage issues. Prior to 1993, Ms. Ignagni directed the AFL-CIO's Department of Employee Benefits. In the 1980s, she was a Professional Staff Member on the U.S. Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee, preceded by work at the Committee for National Health Insurance and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
For generations, Minnesota has championed true public-private solutions to challenges that affect our state's health care system. This approach, praised nationally as the "Minnesota Model", merges private sector innovation and strong public policy in order to make health care as efficient and effective as possible for the greatest number of people.
In the spirit of this strong tradition of collaboration, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota and the Humphrey School's Center for the Study of Politics and Governance at the University of Minnesota are convening a series of public forums on how best to implement health care reform at the state level. By fostering discussions among local policy makers, stakeholders, and citizens, these meetings will explore today's fiscal and demographic challenges and examine opportunities for ensuring Minnesota's legacy as a leader in individual and community health.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, a non-profit health company, is dedicated to engaging people from all communities and sharing ideas about how to create a healthy future for all Minnesotans.
The Center for the Study of Politics and Governance develops practical, independent, and non-partisan solutions to pressing political and policy challenges. CSPG brings together three critical components of public governance today: objective high quality analysis, publicly visible forums, and civic engagement.
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