Kim Holland, the former Oklahoma insurance commissioner and a recent officer in the National Association of Insurance Commissioners has accepted an executive position with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.
Holland will lead the trade group's Washington office as executive director for state affairs, "where she 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," BCBSA said in an announcement.
"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, 55, a Democrat, was the first woman elected insurance commissioner in Oklahoma in 2006 after having been appointed by Gov. Brad Henry in January 2005 to fill an unexpired term. Last year, Holland was NAIC's secretary-treasurer. Holland in November lost a tightly contested re-election campaign against Republican challenger John Doak, 47, who strongly opposed federal healthcare reforms.
"The Blue System has a rich and long history of bringing innovation and high quality coverage to the communities nationwide," Holland said in a statement. "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."