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

William A. Breskin

Senior Vice President, Government Programs

William Breskin

William A. Breskin is senior vice president, Government Programs, 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 nearly 107 million members – 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 5.4 million-member Federal Employee Program (FEP).

Breskin directs the activities of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield FEP for BCBSA. Under his leadership, FEP serves 64 percent of the federal market and has achieved the highest aggregate service profile score in its 56-year history. Breskin also oversees the federally run multistate exchange program.

Prior to becoming senior vice president of government programs, Breskin served in many roles within the legal and governance area of BCBSA, including vice president, deputy general counsel and assistant corporate secretary. He worked for many years as BCBSA’s chief Washington counsel, exhibiting a broad range of expertise advising clients on contracting with the federal government in the health insurance arena (including both FEP and Medicare), as well as advising BCBSA’s Office of Policy and Representation. He has worked for BCBSA since 1995.

Before joining BCBSA, Breskin was in private practice as a lawyer for eight years, specializing in issues related to doing business with the federal government, as well as labor and employment law. 

He graduated from Georgetown University in 1979, earning a bachelor’s degree in history and art history, cum laude. He received his law degree in 1987, cum laude, from the National Law Center of the George Washington University.