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Mark Ganz Assumes National Leadership Role

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The CEO and president of Cambia Health Solutions becomes the chair of the most powerful health insurance lobbying group in the country Jan 1.
An avowed Republican, Mark Ganz has never been a fan of the Affordable Care Act, and has purposely kept the Regence health plans as far away from the insurance exchanges as humanly possible. 

President of Regence BlueShield of Washington Forced Out

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High ranking executives inside the insurance company told The Lund Report that Jonathan Hensley did not leave voluntarily.

October 3, 2013 – The spin makers couldn’t have put a different twist on the departure of Jonathan Hensley, who left Regence BlueShield of Washington as president last month, having assumed that role in August 2008.

Regence BlueCross BlueShield Top Spender of Legislative Candidates

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Regence donated $236,000 to political candidates and causes in a failed attempt to shift control of the Legislature to Republicans, according to records filed with the Secretatry of State.


August 27, 2013 — Health insurance companies have poured more than $550,000 into state and local elections in Oregon since the start of 2011, with over 40 percent of that money spent by Regence BlueCross BlueShield, which invested $236,000 in its preferred candidates and causes.

Regence and Ambulatory Surgery Centers Reach Compromise

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Regence BlueCross BlueShield and other insurance companies that don’t want to pay surgery centers directly will have to send policyholders a check that they cannot cash without the surgery centers’ signature. The centers have been forced to send patients to collection agencies after the payments for their surgeries have gone missing.


June 17, 2013 — A measure that would cramp down on an abusive payment practice to ambulatory surgical centers by Regence BlueCross BlueShield has been resurrected and attached in the House to another bill, Senate Bill 724, which passed the House on Friday.

Regence Posts Strongest Profits of Oregon’s Top Insurers

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Meanwhile, Kaiser Permanente reports a financial loss and declining member rolls in the first quarter of 2013

May 23, 2013 -- Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon bolstered its position as the largest health insurance company in the state during the first three months of 2013. At the same, it also time delivered the strongest profits among large Oregon insurers.


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