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

Kari Hedges

Senior Vice President, Commercial Markets

Kari Hedges

Kari Hedges is senior vice president, Commercial Markets, at 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 nearly 107 million members — one-in-three of all Americans.

Hedges is responsible for BCBSA’s commercial markets and data efforts that include BlueCard, Blue Distinction, the National Labor Office and Data Services. The BlueCard program serves national employers with employees in multiple locations and individual travelers domestically and internationally, facilitating more than 250 million claim transactions and more than 600 million eligibility, claim status and referral requests annually. Blue Distinction is raising the quality of care being delivered across the country by recognizing facilities that meet objective, evidence-based thresholds for clinical quality and cost efficiency measures developed in collaboration with expert clinicians and leading professional organizations. In addition, Hedges oversees the National Labor Office, which represents an alliance of Blue Plans that work together to maintain organized labor as an important business partner. Hedges is accountable for ensuring overall success of these programs, proving strategic leadership and direction for program development and ongoing operations, financial performance and customer service.

Hedges joined the Association in 1996, concentrating primarily on Blue national inter-Plan business.  Her focus is on national solutions that involve coordination among the independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies to meet the needs of Blue customers, including consumers, employers and physicians.

Hedges earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky and an M.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame.