NEW YORK — May 21, 2015 — Frank Branchini, Chairman and CEO, EmblemHealth, announced today that the Board of Directors has selected Karen Ignagni to be the next President and CEO of EmblemHealth effective September 1, 2015. Mr. Branchini, who has served EmblemHealth and its predecessor GHI, as President/CEO for 30 years, will continue as the Chair of the Board of Directors.
“These are exciting times in health care, and Karen brings the energy, management skills and deep-seated industry knowledge to continue our long tradition of innovation and commitment to serving the health needs of all New Yorkers”, said Mr. Branchini.
Ms. Ignagni will join EmblemHealth after more than 20 years with America's Health Insurance Plans (“AHIP”) as President and CEO. She has played a key role in the evolution of health care policy, including passage of the Affordable Care Act. Previously, Ms. Ignagni served as the Director of the AFL-CIO's Department of Employee Benefits.
“I am honored to join this unique not-for-profit health plan at such an important time. I look forward to working with Frank Branchini and our entire Board of Directors as we continue our commitment to serving diverse communities across New York,” commented Ms. Ignagni.
EmblemHealth has a history of transparency and collaboration working with both labor and management in the provision of health coverage. EmblemHealth has been a long-term leader in Medicare and Medicaid, since their inception, and more recently in the New York State of Health, New York's health coverage exchange. EmblemHealth's pioneering affiliated medical group practice, AdvantageCare Physicians (ACP) provides state-of-the-art, accountable, quality, and primary and specialty care to New Yorkers.
“We are confident that Karen's experience and commitment will continue Mr. Branchini's and EmblemHealth's mission and dedication to New York,” said John Feerick, Board Member and Chair of the search committee.
EmblemHealth, Inc., through its companies Group Health Incorporated (GHI) and HIP Health Plan of New York (HIP), provides quality, affordable health care coverage and administrative services to approximately 3.2 million people. Groups and individuals can choose from a variety of PPO, EPO and HMO plans, as well as coverage for prescription drugs and dental and vision care. EmblemHealth offers a choice of networks, including quality doctors and other health care professionals throughout the region, leading acute care hospitals across the tristate area, and physicians and hospitals across all 50 states.