Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Kim Holland Joins D. C. Insurance Association

Kim Holland
Former Insurance Commissioner Kim Holland has joined The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) in Washington as executive director responsible for State Affairs.

Holland will oversee the Association’s state efforts and play a critical role providing support for the nation’s 39 Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies as they work with state officials and national organizations on federal healthcare reform implementation, an announcement said.

“States have an increasingly important and influential role in implementing federal health reform,” said Alissa Fox, BCBSA senior vice president for policy and representation. “Kim’s extensive insurance background and healthcare expertise will be a tremendous asset as Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies work with state officials to implement the law.”

Holland is the first woman elected insurance commissioner in Oklahoma. She was elected to office in 2006 after having been appointed by Governor Brad Henry in January 2005 to fill an unexpired term. Holland also held a leadership position with the NAIC serving as Secretary-Treasurer. Holland sought reelection in 2010; Republican John Doak was elected.

“The Blue System has a rich and long history of bringing innovation and high quality coverage to the communities nationwide,” said Holland. “I am excited to join the Association in this role and look forward to working with the Blues to advance solutions that address quality, cost and access to care.”

As a long-time advocate for affordable health insurance, Holland is also highly respected for her efforts to reduce costs and expand access to coverage. She is a former board member of the Oklahoma Health Care Authority and the Oklahoma State Employees Benefits Council.

Holland plans to retain her home in Tulsa where she lives with her husband, Jim East.

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