Suzy Sonnier

Suzy Sonnier

Vice President of Market Positioning

Suzy Sonnier is a dynamic leader with more than 20 years of experience advocating for healthcare, human services and education. She is especially passionate about driving results within complex systems through shared strategies, innovative thinking and focused execution.

 

As Vice President of Market Positioning for UnitedHealthcare Community and State, Sonnier is responsible for developing and executing growth strategies for all Medicaid markets in the Central Region. Prior to this role, Sonnier served as the Vice President of Strategy and Development for UnitedHealthcare Community and State supporting the Tennessee and Kentucky markets. Sonnier previously served as the founding Executive Director of the Baton Rouge Health District. In her role, she worked with hospital administrators, government agencies, community leaders and healthcare professionals creating a unified medical community to coordinate investment decisions, enhance care in the region, facilitate economic development and position Baton Rouge as a healthcare destination.

 

Sonnier previously served as Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services where she managed Louisiana’s child welfare, child support enforcement, disability determination services and low-income economic assistance programs. Prior to that she was Chief Operations Officer for the Louisiana Workforce Commission, Deputy Secretary for the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services and Director of Policy for the Louisiana Department of Health. She holds a Master of Science in Public Administration from Louisiana State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

 

In 2021 Sonnier was recognized as one of the Nashville Medical News 2021 Women to Watch as well as a recipient of the 2021 Health Care Innovation Awards honorees by the Nashville Business Journal. Sonnier is a graduate of the Nashville Health Care Council 2020 Fellows program and currently serves on the Chattanooga Interagency Council on Homeless and Chattanooga FUSE Advisory Council.

Kelly Reidenbach

Kelly Reidenbach

Vice President of Business Development

Kelly Reidenbach is Vice President of Business Development at UnitedHealthcare Community & State. In her role, Kelly leads a team focused on comprehensive growth initiatives centered on better serving the health and overall needs of members, providers, state partners, and communities. Prior to this role, Kelly served as the Vice President of Strategy and Development for UnitedHealthcare Community and State, serving as a leader in procurement strategy development, preparedness, and strategic implementation. Kelly has expertise in policy development and evaluation, growth and operations, stakeholder and provider relations, and strategy development and amplification. She has extensive experience in leading teams and functional partners to advance large-scale projects in complex organizational structures.

 

Prior to her work with Community & State, Kelly held leadership and senior advisory roles in government. Kelly worked with both state legislative and executive leaders to enhance the health and human services infrastructure of the state. Throughout her tenure in public service, Kelly worked across multiple agencies and departments to develop and advance priority policy initiatives. Kelly holds a B.A. in Political Science from the Ohio State University.

Bror Hultgren

Bror Hultgren

Regional Growth Officer West Regional, and Interim Chief Growth Officer

Bror Hultgren serves as chief executive officer, west region for UnitedHealthcare Community & State. In this role, he is accountable for the operations of the region’s markets including Medicaid, Long Term Care, and Dual Special Needs Plan products. 

 

Prior to assuming this role, Bror was senior vice president, charged with leading national bid efforts as well as driving enterprise focus on the integration of physical and behavioral health for Community & State. 

 

Previously, Bror served as central region CEO, where he provided leadership, guidance, and support for 13 markets serving over 3 million members in Medicaid, Medicaid Long Term Care, and Medicare Dual Special Needs Plan products. 

 

Bror joined UnitedHealthcare in 2000 and has held many leadership roles including executive director of Evercare of Colorado and west region vice president for Evercare, leader of the complex care product team, and central region CEO.  Bror joined UHG Ventures in 2015 to serve as chief executive officer of TeamMD, a physician practice that incorporated community-based care management and intensive primary care services in one integrated, physician-led team focused on serving older adults and individuals with complex health needs.  After returning to Community & State in 2017, Bror served as interim CEO of the UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Iowa and senior vice president of product as well as leading clinical operations for complex care products. 

 

Bror’s career is built on a foundation of more than a decade of non-profit and governmental human services work including child protective services casework, community case management and residential care for those with serious mental illness, as well as regulatory management of Medicaid health plans.

 

Bror earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Hobart College and a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Science in health administration from the University of Colorado at Denver.

Jean Benson

Jean Benson

Central Region CEO, UnitedHealthcare Community & State

Jean Benson is the Central Region CEO for UnitedHealthcare Community & State. In this role she is responsible for empowering and supporting local market UnitedHealthcare health plans for the central region. UnitedHealthcare Community & State proudly serves 6.45 million Medicaid members in 30 states, plus Washington D.C. UnitedHealthcare is a division of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) which is a diversified health and well-being company with a mission to help people live healthier lives and help make the health system work better for everyone.

 

Jean began her career at UnitedHealth Group in 2012 as Senior Vice President of Corporate Finance at Optum (a division of UnitedHealth Group) responsible for activities including strategic planning, budgeting and forecasting, pricing, actuarial services, corporate consolidations and capital.

 

Subsequent roles include Chief Financial Officer for UnitedHealthcare Community & State where she was responsible for the overall financial management of the business and the Chief Financial Officer of Optum, where she and her finance teams worked closely with business leaders to set strategy, drive financial accountability, improve overall cost position, support the development and execution of business plans, provide decision support and optimize the deployment of capital.

 

Before joining UnitedHealth Group, Jean served in a number of executive positions at companies within the financial services industry and started her career in public accounting.

Michael Cotton

Michael Cotton

East Region CEO, UnitedHealthcare Community & State

Michael Cotton is the CEO for the East Region in the Medicaid business for UnitedHealthcare. UnitedHealthcare Community & State proudly serves nearly six million Medicaid members, including more than 2.7 million children, in 31 states, plus Washington D.C. UnitedHealthcare is a division of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) which is a diversified health and well-being company with a mission to help people live healthier lives and help make the health system work better for everyone. UnitedHealthcare Community & State leverages the national capabilities of UnitedHealth Group and delivers them at the local market level to support effective care management, strong regulatory partnerships, greater administrative efficiency, improved clinical outcomes, and the ability to adapt to a changing market environment.

Jean Kalbacher

Jean Kalbacher

CEO Community Plan of Arizona

Jean Kalbacher is the Chief Executive Officer for the UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Arizona. Prior to this role, Jean served as Regional CFO for the C&S West Region and has held various CFO positions since joining UnitedHealth Group in 2008. Jean has been deeply engaged in rate advocacy, value-based contracting and affordability across all the markets in the West. She is a CPA with over 25 years of health care experience.

 

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Patrick Gordon

Patrick Gordon

CEO of the Rocky Mountain Health Plans

Patrick Gordon is the Chief Executive Officer for the Rocky Mountain Health Plans (RMHP) based in Colorado. As a senior executive within a nationally recognized community health plan, Patrick created and executed RMHP’s successful global budget and payment reform program for Colorado Medicaid. Patrick earned a Bachelor of History, Philosophy from Metropolitan State College of Denver and a Masters of Health Policy & Economics from the University of Colorado.

 

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Michael Lawton

Michael Lawton

CEO Community Plan of Florida

Michael is the chief executive officer of the UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Florida. Prior to joining UnitedHealthcare, Michael was the chief executive officerof First Coast Advantage and the vice president of managed care for the University of Florida. Michael has extensive experience in health care including health systems, physician, and managed care leadership positions, and has served more than 25 years in various executive roles within health and managed care organizations.

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Mike Minor

Mike Minor

CEO Community Plan of Georgia

Michael Minor serves as Chief Executive Officer of the UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Georgia. Mike brings over 20 years of healthcare experience to his role. Prior to joining UnitedHealthcare, Mike held leadership positions with Amerigroup/Anthem, Centene, and Wellcare. He has extensive knowledge of Medicaid managed care, Medicare Dual Special Needs plans, finance, and provider contracting. 

 

Mike focuses on building and expanding on the strong relationships UnitedHealthcare has with healthcare providers, community-based organizations, and faith-based partners across the state to ensure all Georgians have access to the supports and services needed to live healthier lives.  

 

Mike received his undergraduate degree from the University of Louisville and his Master’s in Health Administration from Xavier University.  

 

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Kalani Redmayne

Kalani Redmayne

CEO Community Plan of Hawaiʻi

Kalani has over 30 years of health care experience. She joined UnitedHealthcare in 1999 and has served in many leadership roles including sales, marketing, operations and product. Most recently, Kalani led network teams in both Hawaiʻi and Oregon as the vice president of network. Kalani was born and raised in Oʻahu and is a graduate of the Kamehameha Schools.

 

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Marsha Connor

Marsha Connor

CEO Community Plan of Iowa

Marsha has been with UnitedHealth Group for over a decade and has served in several leadership roles including Vice President of VBC Strategy, Executive Director for DSNP, Vice President of Missouri Optum at Home and most recently, Regional Vice President for Optum at Home. Marsha deeply understands navigating and leading transformation at scale, balancing member experience, total cost of care reduction initiatives and people leadership. Before UHG, Marsha led business development for Hospital Corporation of America in the Kansas City metro. Marsha has a degree in Finance from the University of Missouri-Columbia and an MBA from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. 

 

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Jenny Ismert

Jenny Ismert

CEO Community Plan of Kansas

Jenny has over 20 years of health care experience.  She joined UnitedHealthcare in 2002 and has served in many leadership roles including legal, health policy, business venture in affordable housing and product.  Most Recently Jenny led Community & State’s corporate strategic planning and digital and technology strategy as the Sr. Vice President of Strategy & Innovation.  Jenny was born and raised in Texas but now proud to reside in the sunflower state.   

 

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Krista Hensel

Krista Hensel

CEO Community Plan of Kentucky

Krista Hensel is the CEO at the Community Plan of Kentucky in the Medicaid business for UnitedHealthcare. UnitedHealthcare Community & State proudly serves nearly seven million Medicaid members. UnitedHealthcare is a division of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified health and well-being company with a mission to help people live healthier lives and help make the health system work better for everyone. UnitedHealthcare Community & State leverages the broad national capabilities of UnitedHealth Group.  It develops local solutions that support effective care management, greater administrative efficiency and improved outcomes through quality, innovation, and strong partnerships.
 

Krista brings over 20 years of experience in the health care industry. She joined UnitedHealth Group in 2005 and has held leadership roles across the enterprise. In her most recent experience as a Client Partner for Optum Advisory Services, Krista helped the largest clients craft and execute solutions for their challenges and opportunities, creatively combining products and consulting solutions across the portfolio of UnitedHealth Group companies.   Krista has also led sales strategy and planning for the UnitedHealthcare Medicare and Retirement teams. She also led network development and population health for one of UnitedHealth Group’s innovations – Harken Health, an integrated primary care and insurance offering for the individual exchange market.   
 

Krista has completed UnitedHealth Group’s Executive Development Program and General Manager program.  In 2010 Krista was recognized with the enterprise’s Living the Mission award for her work in the community, including chairing the board of the Allina Hospice Foundation.    
 

Krista earned both a Bachelor of Science in Business and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Trinity University (San Antonio, TX). Krista also holds a Masters of Business Administration from Kellogg, Northwestern University and a certificate of financial valuation from the London School of Economics. 


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Karl Lirette

Karl Lirette

CEO Community Plan of Louisiana

Karl Lirette is the Chief Executive Officer of the UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Louisiana. Prior to serving as CEO of the Community Plan of Louisiana, Karl held several leadership positions within the plan, including Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer. Before joining UnitedHealthcare, Karl held the position of Controller for McKesson Specialty Pharmacy before serving in a similar role for The Shaw Group, Inc.

 

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Kathlyn Wee

Kathlyn Wee

CEO Community Plan of Maryland

Kathlyn Wee is the Chief Executive Officer of the UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Maryland. Prior to this role, Kathlyn was the Senior Vice President of Business Development for Optum State Government Solutions, leading its national growth strategy for technology and business capabilities that Optum offers to states. Before joining UnitedHealth Group, she served as a staff member to the leadership of the Maryland Medicaid Agency.


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John Madondo

John Madondo

CEO Community Plan of Massachusetts

John is the chief executive officer of the UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Massachusetts. Prior to this role, he served as the executive director of Long-Term Services and Supports for the Community Plan of Tennessee. Before joining UnitedHealthcare as the director of medical clinical operations in 2015, John was the chief executive officer of NPA Family Clinic and chief operating officer of Tennessee Personal Assistance. During his time with the Community Plan of Tennessee, John led the implementation of the Tennessee LTSS program and several other program expansions.

 

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Dennis Mouras

Dennis Mouras

CEO Community Plan of Michigan

Dennis is the chief executive officer of UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Michigan. Prior to joining Community & State, Dennis held executive level positions at Aetna, CareAdvantage, and Cigna Corporation along with a variety of other roles. He has been in the healthcare industry for over 40 years.

 

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Sarah Dye

Sarah Dye

CEO Community Plan of Minnesota

Sarah Dye is the Chief Executive Officer of UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Minnesota. Sarah joined UnitedHealth Group in 2003 and has served in a variety of leadership positions across the organization. Most recently, she was the Senior Vice President with Optum’s Health Solution (OHS) division. Sarah is a lifelong Minnesotan and is excited to expand her experience to help people live healthier lives in Minnesota.

 

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J. Michael Parnell, PhD, RN, FACHE

J. Michael Parnell, PhD, RN, FACHE

President and CEO Community Plan of Mississippi

A native Mississippian, J. Michael Parnell currently serves as the president and chief executive officer for UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Mississippi. Prior to this executive leadership role, he served in vice president and director positions supporting both clinical and cost containment strategies. Parnell is very familiar with Mississippi Medicaid and CHIP operations. Before joining UnitedHealthcare, Parnell worked in executive roles in large health systems in Philadelphia, PA and Jackson, MS. In addition to managed Medicaid, his experiences span inpatient, outpatient, acute and post-acute clinical areas as well as large capital projects and service line growth.

 

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Jamie Bruce

Jamie Bruce

CEO Community Plan of Missouri

Jamie Bruce is the Chief Executive Officer for the UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Missouri where she leads the strategic development, growth, and operations of the health plan. Prior to joining UnitedHealthcare, Jamie served as Chief Operating Officer for Aetna Better Health of Nebraska and Texas where she led the organizations operations. Jamie also served in a variety of capacities for 13 years with MDwise in Indiana, including leading Marketing, Business Strategy, Compliance, and Regulatory Affairs.

 

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Kelly Simonson

Kelly Simonson

President, UnitedHealthcare Health Plan of Nevada

Kelly is the President of the UnitedHealthcare Health Plan of Nevada where she leads the strategic development, growth, compliance, and operations of the health plan. Kelly has extensive experience managing the plan’s Medicaid and CHIP business in the state since 1998. Before becoming President of the community plan, she managed the UnitedHealthcare Nevada market’s home health business. Prior to joining UnitedHealthcare, Kelly worked as a registered nurse in the field of oncology.

 

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Sam George

Sam George

CEO Community Plan of New Jersey

Sam is the Chief Executive Officer of the UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of New Jersey. 

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Drew Peterson

Drew Peterson

CEO Community Plan of New Mexico

Drew Peterson is the CEO for the C&S New Mexico health plan. He most recently served as the Vice President of Strategy & Growth for OptumServe, where he began and led a Community Care Network Program for the Department of Veterans Affairs. Prior to Optum, he held various leadership roles at UHC including, VP of Business Development for Community & State, VP and Regional Director for UHC Global, and VP of Sales for National Accounts. He also served in the United States Army for eight years prior to joining the private sector.

 

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Dan Benardette

Dan Benardette

CEO Community Plan of New York

Dan Benardette is the Chief Executive Officer of the UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of New York. Dan joined UnitedHealth Group in 2006 and has served in expanding functional leadership roles within UnitedHealth Group and most recently with Community & State, where he was the Financial Planning & Analysis / Corporate Finance VP. Over the past several years, Dan has played a critical leadership role within finance, supporting our health plans and executive teams with improved forecasting, analysis and reporting on turnaround and remediation activities.

 

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Anita Bachmann

Anita Bachmann

CEO Community Plan of North Carolina

Anita Bachmann is CEO of UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of North Carolina. Anita is an accomplished executive with extensive, progressive experience in healthcare administration, business operations, healthcare delivery systems, business development, technology, clinical strategy and regulatory/legislative affairs. Prior to her current role, Anita served as vice president of business development for UnitedHealthcare Community & State nationally and market leader in North Carolina. 

 

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Scott Waulters

Scott Waulters

Senior Vice President, UnitedHealthcare Community & State and CEO Community Plan of Ohio

Scott Waulters serves as the Chief Executive Officer for the Ohio Health Plan, and is also Senior Vice President and Market President at UnitedHealthcare Community & State. Scott began his career with UnitedHealth Group in 2008, serving in multiple leadership roles including Market Chief Executive specializing in overall health plan operational and financial turnaround, Chief Operating Officer for myConnections™, Chief Executive Officer of the UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of New Jersey, and Vice President Network Strategy and Market Development. Before joining UnitedHealthcare, Scott held a series of senior health plan and corporate positions with AmeriGroup Corporation and Coventry Healthcare. Scott holds a B.A. degree with an emphasis in organizational psychology from California University of Pennsylvania in California, PA.

 

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Blair Boroch

Blair Boroch

CEO Community Plan of Pennsylvania

Blair is the Chief Executive Officer of the UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Pennsylvania. He has been with the Community Plan of Pennsylvania for 12 years, most recently serving as the Chief Operating Officer. Prior to that, Blair was the Chief Financial Officer and has held several other financial and operational management roles at UnitedHealth Group including, director of financial systems, manager data analysis and manager of financial analysis. Blair holds an MBA from Drexel University and a BA in Economics from Cornell.

 

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Mike Florczyk

Mike Florczyk

CEO Community Plan of Rhode Island

Ute Strand

Ute Strand

CEO Community Plan of Tennessee

Ute Strand is the Chief Executive Officer for United HealthCare Community Plan of Tennessee, a health care company delivering TennCare and Dual Eligible Special Needs (DSNP) benefits to 460,000 Tennesseans. UnitedHealthcare Community & State proudly serves nearly six million Medicaid members. UnitedHealthcare is a division of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified health and well-being company with a mission to help people live healthier lives and help make the health system work better for everyone. UnitedHealthcare Community & State leverages the broad national capabilities of UnitedHealth Group. It develops local solutions that support effective care management, greater administrative efficiency and improved outcomes through quality, innovation, and strong partnerships. Ute brings over 30 years of experience in the health care industry. Prior to UnitedHealthcare, Ute worked for various healthcare companies; Anthem Health Insurance, Amerigroup Health Insurance, PHP/Cariten Health Insurance (a Covenant subsidiary) and CIGNA HealthCare. Throughout her career, Ute strived to build and sustain strong and trusting staff, extended team, and customer relationships. As a result, she has an established record of improving customer satisfaction and Net Promoter Score (NPS), results. Now, at UnitedHealthcare, Ute has successfully led the Tennessee Healthplan’s 500+ employees and has supported matrixed operations in a “turnaround” effort to deliver on customer requirements and the health plan’s strategies. Ute has also influenced behavioral health program’s integration and performance outcomes resulting in significantly improved State and provider satisfaction. Ute is a graduate of Indiana University, where she earned her BA from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Ute is a Health Insurance of America Associate (HIAA), as well as a Nashville Health Care Council Fellow. She also supports a number of animal rescue organizations. Ute and her husband “Skip” live in Nashville, TN with their two German Shepherds, Cali and Denzel.


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Don Langer

Don Langer

CEO Community Plan of Texas

Don is the chief executive officer of UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Texas. Prior to this role, Don served as president of the Connecticut and Delaware health plans, chief operating officer for the Community Plan of New York, national vice president of program management for Community & State and several operational positions within UnitedHealth Group.

 

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Tameeka Smith

Tameeka Smith

CEO Community Plan of Virginia

Tameeka Smith is the chief executive officer for the UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Virginia. Previously, Tameeka served as chief operating officer for the Denver School of Science and Technology. She has also served as president and COO of SmileHealth, a dental benefits plan in Colorado, and president of dental & vision at Aetna, serving 14 million members across the country.

 

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Rachael Han

Rachael Han

Executive Director, Dual Special Needs Plan of Washington D.C.

Rachael is the Executive Director of the UnitedHealthcare District Dual Choice program. As a District resident, Rachael has a strong understanding of the delivery system serving dual eligible populations in the District and is committed to addressing the specific challenges our enrollees face in accessing their care. She previously led national operations and strategy efforts as Chief of Staff of UnitedHealthcare Community & State, serving over seven million Medicaid members across thirty-one states plus Washington D.C. Before joining UnitedHealthcare, she led strategy engagements in management consulting, partnering with clients in both the public and private sectors in industries such as healthcare, technology, foundations, higher education and more

 

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Keith Payet

Keith Payet

CEO Community Plan of Washington

Keith Payet is the Chief Executive Officer of the UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Washington. Most recently, he was the Senior Vice President of Community and State Product. Prior to that he held Chief Executive Officer roles for the Community and State Plan of Kentucky and Tennessee. Keith joined UnitedHealthcare Community and State in 2015 serving as the Tennessee Health Plan Executive Director of Long-Term Services and Supports managing both the CHOICES (LTSS) and Employment and Community First CHOICES (ID/DD) programs. Keith has over 20 years of leadership experience in the managed care industry specializing in developing and administering programs for Medicaid, LTSS, and Medicare populations.

 

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Kevin Moore

Kevin Moore

CEO Community Plan of Wisconsin

Kevin Moore is the Chief Executive Officer for the UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Wisconsin. Kevin has an extensive background in Medicaid, social determinants of health, public policy, and strategic solutions and has a long history with proven leadership and experience in state-based and government sector programs. Most recently, Kevin served as Vice President of Strategic Solutions for UnitedHealthcare Community & State. Prior to that role, Kevin joined Community & State more than three years ago as Vice President of National Policy & Strategy. Kevin previously served as Medicaid Director for the State of Wisconsin.

 

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