The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association is an association of 36 independent, locally operated Blue Cross and/or Blue Shield companies.

Justine Handelman

Senior Vice President, Office of Policy and Representation

Justine Handelman

Justine Handelman is senior vice president of the Office of Policy and Representation for the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA), a national federation of 36 independent, community-based and locally operated Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) companies. The BCBS System is the nation's largest health insurer, covering one-in-three of all Americans.

In overseeing BCBSA lobbying and policy development activities, Handelman represents BCBSA's Washington office and BCBS companies with the Administration, Congress, government agencies and other national associations. This includes development of legislative and regulatory policy positions and legislative strategy on a wide range of issues, including healthcare reform, government programs, healthcare financing, tax legislation and health information technology.

Handelman has more than 25 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. During her tenure, she 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.

Prior to joining BCBSA in 2001, 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, she 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.