February 27

MADISON - Nancy Wenzel, CEO of the Wisconsin Association of Health Plans, told the Association’s Board of Directors on February 27 that she plans to retire in early July 2020.  Wenzel has served as the Association’s staff leader for 27 years.

The Wisconsin Association of Health Plans is the voice of Wisconsin’s community-based health plans.  Member health plans provide health insurance coverage in every Wisconsin county to individuals, employers, and government programs. 

During Wenzel’s tenure, the Association worked to advance public policy that serves Wisconsin consumers and provides a model for the rest of the country.  Under Wenzel’s leadership, the Association worked in a bipartisan fashion on a wide range of state health and insurance policy initiatives including: the expansion of Medicaid Managed Care; the transformation of Wisconsin’s Health Insurance Risk-Sharing Plan into an effective public-private program; the continuation of a market competition model for the State Group Health Insurance Program; and countless other health care and insurance legislative and regulatory issues.

“It has been an honor to work collaboratively with Wisconsin’s community-based health plans to advocate for state policies that help Wisconsin consumers have choice and access to some of the highest quality health plans in the country,” Wenzel said.  “The Association’s health plan members have worked tirelessly for decades to ensure Wisconsin health care consumers benefit from one of the most competitive health insurance markets in the country.  I share my members’ passion and their steadfast commitment to advancing state public policy solutions that work for all Wisconsin health care consumers.”

Peter Farrow, CEO of Group Health Cooperative of Eau Claire and Association Board President, commended Wenzel for her public policy advocacy work and her long-standing commitment to making a positive difference on behalf of health care and insurance consumers.

“I have had the pleasure of working on health-related issues with Nancy Wenzel for more than 25 years,” said Farrow.  “Consumers in Wisconsin are far better off as a result of her community-minded advocacy when it comes to public policy.  Her voice will be greatly missed.”

The Wisconsin Association of Health Plans Search Committee will be assisted by Lake Effect Human Resources and Law in the recruitment process.  Beginning March 2, applicants for the position should submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected].


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