Justine Handelman is vice president, legislative and regulatory policy, for the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA), a national federation of 36 independent, community-based and locally operated Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies. The Blue System is the nation's largest health insurer covering more than 106 million members people – one-in-three of all Americans.
Handelman has more than 20 years of experience in providing strategic analysis, policy development and federal representation on legislative, regulatory and federal policy issues pertaining to public and private healthcare. Handelman oversees federal legislative and regulatory policy development for BCBSA, working on a broad range of issues important to Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies, including healthcare reform, health information technology, government programs (Medicare, Medicaid, SCHIP and FEHBP) and delivery system reform. During her tenure, Handelman has developed key policy positions that were incorporated in legislation enacted by Congress on key healthcare issues, including Medicare Modernization Act, the Affordable Care Act, legislation to prevent opioid abuse and legislation to address mental health parity. She joined BCBSA in April 2001.
Handelman provides analyses of the evolving private and federal healthcare systems. She works with federal officials, congressional members and key stakeholders on a variety of public policy issues. Handelman has assisted in developing and organizing grassroots programs focused on healthcare issues and provided updates and analysis on federal health developments through written reports and articles for several publications and speaking engagements.
Prior to joining BCBSA, Handelman was the director of the Health Care Practice Group in the Government Relations Division of SmithBucklin. In this capacity, she was responsible for the day-to-day government relations activities for several non-profit professional medical specialty societies and healthcare organizations. Prior to joining the Smith, Bucklin team, Handelman served as a senior legislative associate of MARC Associates, Inc.
Handelman received her bachelor’s degree in political science from the Catholic University of America and serves on the board of directors for URAC.