Utah’s First Health Insurance CO-OP Receives Official Approval from State of Utah

Arches Health Plan, a non-profit health insurance company owned solely by its members, received a Certificate of Authority from the Utah Insurance Department creating Utah's first Health Insurance CO-OP.

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Arches Health Plan is a new health coverage option for Utahns

Our insurance model is the way health care in Utah will get better

Salt Lake City, Utah (PRWEB) March 22, 2013

Arches Health Plan Announces Executive Management Team

On March 18, 2013 Arches Health Plan, a non-profit health insurance company and CO-OP owned solely by its members, announced that it has received a Certificate of Authority from the Utah Insurance Department. The certification allows Arches Health Plan to provide health insurance in the state of Utah.

“Our insurance model is the way health care in Utah will get better,” said Linn Baker, Arches chief executive officer. “We will promote and encourage a collaborative relationship between physicians and patients, which will enable Utahns to receive the type of medical care and benefits they deserve and need. This approach will give physicians more flexibility and families more affordable health insurance options.”

The Certificate of Authority authorizes Arches to operate as a health maintenance organization and recognizes it as a licensed issuer of health insurance in Utah. Arches will begin offering health insurance policies to individuals and families and small and large groups in 2014. Open Enrollment will begin Oct. 1, 2013.

Arches will operate as an insurance CO-OP, which means it will be democratically controlled by its members rather than outside investors. Operating as a CO-OP allows the plan to be motivated primarily by service and meeting members’ needs rather than profit. Additionally, Arches enables more direct partnership between physicians and patients in their diagnosis and treatment decisions. This patient-centered care model, in combination with the fact that Arches is member-owned, will allow for superior health care at the most competitive price possible.

Arches’ executive management team provides decades of experience to the health care field as providers, legal counsel and in management positions. Below is a summary of each member’s experience and expertise:

Linn Baker, Chief Executive Officer
Baker’s wealth of experience in health care includes 31 years as the executive director for the State of Utah’s Public Employees Health Program. He also served on the National Advisory Committee for the State Data Commissions and on the Executive Committee of the National Academy of State Health Policy, and on a number of state boards in the health care field.

Shaun Greene, Chief Operating Officer
Greene had his first professional experience with health care when he was responsible for the battalion aid station in Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, while serving as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army. A graduate of the United States Military Academy, Greene went on to earn an MBA from Harvard Business School. He later became vice president of operations at Extend Health. He has worked in three successful start-ups, including time as vice president of the Medicare Customer Care for eHealthInsurance where he built a green-field insurance operations center in Salt Lake City.

Nathan Johns, Chief Financial Officer
Johns began his career with Deloitte & Touche, LLP. He later worked as a financial analyst with IBM’s Storage Division where he was quickly promoted to a position as capital financial manager with the Server and Storage Group. In 2004, Johns joined HealthEquity as a controller. While there, Johns served as secretary to the board of directors and implemented operational controls surrounding custodial funds. In 2007, he was named CFO of MCC Control Systems. Most recently Johns was a partner at ProCore Practice Management, where he oversaw payroll, benefits and account management.

Doug Floore, Chief Information Officer
Floore has more than 25 years of experience in information technology across all major areas of infrastructure, application development, project management and business analysis. He worked for nearly 20 years at IBM and EDS, both in the United States and New Zealand. His major projects have included implementing a call center solution for a multistate hospital chain and supporting a $50 million project to modernize Utah’s unemployment tax and benefits system.

John Wunderli, J.D., Chief Legal Officer
Wunderli has spent the last 25 years practicing corporate law in the health care industry. He has worked as general counsel for Valley Mental Health, a behavioral health care provider specializing in mental health, substance abuse and prevention services and as an attorney for Avalon Health Care Group. His health care practice has also included Medicaid, Medicare and private insurance law. Wunderli previously served as partner in a law firm dealing primarily in real estate and finance and as general counsel for the Utah-Idaho Sugar Company. He is a member of the Utah State Bar.

Douglas Smith, M.D., Chief Medical Officer
Smith completed his medical training in 2006 from the Intermountain Healthcare McKay-Dee Family Medicine Residency in Ogden. At McKay-Dee, he worked closely with the indigent and minority populations of Northern Utah. Following residency, he has been engaged in full-time practice with Intermountain Healthcare in the underserved and demographically diverse area of West Valley City. In 2010, he became board certified in Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine as an extension to his Family Medicine Board Certification. Along with his family medicine practice, Smith has provided Hospice Medical Directorship for a number of Utah hospice care facilities.

For more information about Arches Health Plan and the members of its executive board, visit http://www.archeshealth.org.

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About Arches Health Plan
Arches Health Plan (http://www.archeshealth.org) is a new health coverage option for Utahns and is the state’s only health plan owned totally by its members. As a true non-profit, Arches has Utah 501C status and received start-up and solvency funding under the Affordable Care Act. Insurance policies provided by Arches will be available to individuals and families and small and large groups throughout Utah. Its insurance model enables more direct partnership between physicians and their patients in diagnosis and treatment options, which provides greater flexibility and efficiency from timely response to each individual circumstance.


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