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Erhardt H.L. Preitauer

Senior Vice President, Government Programs

Horizon Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Jersey

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Earhardt Pretauer

Areas of Expertise


  • University of Nevada
  • Pennsylvania State University


Erhardt H.L. Preitauer is senior vice president of Government Programs at Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey. He is responsible for Horizon BCBSNJ’s Medicare and Medigap businesses, and also serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Horizon NJ Health, the state’s largest Medicaid plan.

Before joining Horizon BCBSNJ, Preitauer served as Central Region Head of Aetna Medicaid where he held responsibility for institutional and community-based long-term care, medical behavioral health, and integrated Medicaid and Medicare programs. Prior to his position at Aetna Medicaid, Preitauer served as President of ‘Ohana Health Plan, owned by Wellcare, providing Medicaid and Medicare plans in Hawaii. During his five-year tenure, the ‘Ohana Health Plan was recognized as WellCare’s flagship plan and led the country in quality, operational and financial measures.

Preitauer has also held a number of other significant leadership positions during his career, including senior management roles with UnitedHealth Group, Great-West Healthcare and CIGNA Healthcare.

Preitauer received a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Economics from the University of Nevada and a Master’s degree in Business Administration, Strategic Management and Corporate Innovation from Pennsylvania State University.