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Jack Ericksen
Vice President, Federal Relations

Jack Ericksenis Vice President of Federal Relations for BlueCross BlueShield Association (BCBSA), a national federation of 37 independent, community-based and locally operated Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies. The Blue System is the nation's largest health insurer covering over 100 million people – one-in-three of all Americans. It is the largest single processor of Medicare claims in the nation, and holds the world's largest privately underwritten health insurance contract – the 5.3 million-member Federal Employee Program (FEP).

Ericksen oversees representation of the Association's policy positions to members of Congress and other officials. He is responsible for leading all of the federal lobbying staff in developing and executing strategies on federal legislative issues.

Prior to joining BCBSA in 1996, Ericksen was vice president of federal relations for Aetna, where he was responsible for legislative and regulatory issues affecting Aetna's property/casualty and life companies.

Earlier in his career, he was the executive director of Family Services of Duchess County, New York. Before joining that agency, he directed a juvenile justice program funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, coordinated drug education for a New York public school system and served on the New York City Mayor's Urban Action Task Force.

Ericksen earned a bachelor's degree at Syracuse University, a master’s degree in social work at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and an MBA at Yale University.