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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 was formed through the merger of two New York legacy insurance plans, Group Health Incorporated (GHI) and Health Plan of New York (HIP), and today provides quality, affordable health care coverage and administrative services to approximately 3.1 million people.

Prior to joining EmblemHealth in September 2015, 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. During her tenure, AHIP was ranked by Washington Insiders as the second most effective trade association in Washington.

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 2017, Ms. Ignagni received the Heritage Healthcare Leadership Award and was named one of Crain’s 50 Most Powerful Women in New York. She serves on the Governor’s Council on Women and Girls and also serves on the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) State Insurance Advisory Board.