Steve Hamman out as president of BCBS Illinois; replacement named

Steve Hamman is out as president of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, according to WCIA News. It is currently unclear whether Mr. Hamman was fired or resigned.

A screenshot of an email to Blue Cross staff obtained and confirmed by WCIA on March 31 says Mr. Hamman "left HCSC to pursue new endeavors."

Sources told WCIA that Mr. Hamman was fired following reports of the company overcharging members while decreasing provider options; however, a spokesperson declined to confirm the firing to the news station.

The departure follows a monthslong contract dispute between BCBS and Springfield (Ill.) Clinic over reimbursement rates. 

BCBS dropped all 650 Springfield Clinic providers from its network in November, and members could be left with an inadequate new network directory for care, according to the state's Department of Insurance. 

Illinois fined BCBS $339,000 in March for failing to file network adequacy documents with the state.

Mr. Hamman was named BCBS president in 2019. He joined parent company Health Care Service Corp. in 1991.

On the BCBS Illinois leadership site, Stephen Harris is now listed as president.

Mr. Harris will be responsible for overall financial performance, long-term growth strategy and strategic planning, according to BCBS.

Before becoming president, Mr. Harris led Health Care Service Corp.'s Medicaid line. Prior to HCSC, he was regional vice president of health plan operations at Molina Healthcare.

Becker's reached out to BCBS Illinois for comment and will update this story if more information becomes available.

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