The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association is an association of 36 independent, locally operated Blue Cross and/or Blue Shield companies.
Kris Haltmeyer is vice president, health policy and analysis, 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 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 nearly 5.4-million-member Federal Employee Program® (FEP).
Haltmeyer oversees regulatory and policy development for BCBSA, working on a broad range of issues important to Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies, health insurance reform, exchanges, benefit requirements and government programs (Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP, FEHBP). He joined BCBSA in November 1996.
With more than 25 years of experience in strategic analysis, policy development and federal representation, Haltmeyer has contributed to the debates on each of the major laws impacting health plans in recent years. These include the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA), the Medicare Modernization Act (MMA) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
Prior to joining BCBSA, Haltmeyer was a health policy analyst with Blue Cross of California and Anthem. He worked on issues impacting older adults with state government and research organizations in California. Haltmeyer has a master’s degree in health service administration and a master’s degree in gerontology from the University of Southern California.