WellPoint, adds, loses executives

April 18, 2008

WellPoint Inc. hired Kevin R. Hayden as president of its Medicaid business division, the company announced today. Hayden will begin the job April 21.

The Indianapolis-based health insurer has contracts with Medicaid programs in 14 states, including Indiana, serving 2 million customers. WellPoint has more than 35 million customers nationwide.

Before joining WellPoint, Hayden was secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services. He oversaw public-health and care-delivery services to more than 900,000 residents. Before that, Hayden oversaw the Wisconsin Medicaid program.

Separately, WellPoint subsidiary Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield lost two executives, according to Business First of Louisville.

Jude Thompson, president of individual, under-65 business for Anthem, is leaving today, said Christi Lanier-Robinson, director of public relations for Anthem in Louisville. Kim Blinkhorn, regional vice president for Anthem, also is leaving the company at an undisclosed date.

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