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Karen Ignagni

President & CEO, EmblemHealth
Former CEO, AHIP

Karen Ignagni serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of EmblemHealth, a New York City-based not-for-profit health insurance company. EmblemHealth is one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit health insurers, serving over three million people in New York City and the tristate area.

Prior to joining EmblemHealth in September 2015, Ms. Ignagni was President and CEO of America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), the insurance industry association that represents providers of health and supplemental benefits to more than 200 million Americans. At AHIP, Ms. Ignagni was active in working with the White House and congressional leadership on the development of health reform legislation, including the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). She also led two mergers with other organizations to form AHIP, and made it the leading voice for the health plan community in America.

Ms. Ignagni also directed the AFL-CIO’s Department of Employee Benefits. She was a Professional Staff Member on the U.S. Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee and worked at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Ms. Ignagni has won many accolades for her leadership in the health care industry, earning recognition by leading publications including the New York Times, National Journal, The Hill, Time Magazine, The Washingtonian, Fortune Magazine, and Modern Healthcare, for her extensive health policy background and intrinsic feel for politics.

In 2019, Ms. Ignagni was named one of Crain’s 50 Most Powerful Women in New York, was on the list of City & State New York’s Labor Power 100, on the list of City & State New York’s The Responsible 100 and named one of Becker’s Hospital Review’s Woman to Watch in Health IT. She serves on the Governor’s Council on Women and Girls, the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) State Insurance Advisory Board, the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) State Insurance Women Leadership Committee and also on the New York State Department of Health’s Marketplace Advisory Committee. In 2018, she was named one of Crain’s Notable Women in Healthcare, named one of Becker’s Hospital Review’s Female Health IT Leaders to Know and was on the list of City and State New York’s Women Power 100. From 2017 – 2019, Ms. Ignagni served as Chair of Columbia University’s National Board of Advisors for Health Policy and Management at the Mailman School of Public Health. From 2016 – November 2019, she served on the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs Special Medical Advisory Committee.