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Kim Holland Joins Blue Cross And Blue Shield Association

January 7, 2011

WASHINGTON – The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) today announced that Kim Holland, a former Oklahoma insurance commissioner, will be joining BCBSA’s Washington office as Executive Director responsible for State Affairs.

In this new position, Holland will oversee the Association’s state efforts and play a critical role providing support for the nation’s 39 Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies as they work with state officials and national organizations on federal healthcare reform implementation.

“States have an increasingly important and influential role in implementing federal health reform,” said Alissa Fox, BCBSA senior vice president for policy and representation. “Kim’s extensive insurance background and healthcare expertise will be a tremendous asset as Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies work with state officials to implement the law.”

Holland is the first woman elected insurance commissioner in Oklahoma. She was elected to office in 2006 after having been appointed by Governor Brad Henry in January 2005 to fill an unexpired term.  Holland also held a leadership position with the NAIC serving as Secretary-Treasurer.

“The Blue System has a rich and long history of bringing innovation and high quality coverage to the communities nationwide,” said Holland. “I am excited to join the Association in this role and look forward to working with the Blues to advance solutions that address quality, cost and access to care.”

As a long-time advocate for affordable health insurance, Holland is also highly respected for her efforts to reduce costs and expand access to coverage. She is a former board member of the Oklahoma Health Care Authority and the Oklahoma State Employees Benefits Council.

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association is a national federation of 37 independent, community-based and locally-operated Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies that collectively provide healthcare coverage for more than 105 million members – one-in-three Americans.  For more information on the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association and its member companies, please visit bcbs.com. We encourage you to connect with us on Facebook, check out our videos on YouTube, follow us on Twitter and check out The BCBS Blog, for up-to-date information about BCBSA.