EAGAN, Minn., Aug. 3, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota (Blue Cross) is announcing that Kurt C. Small has joined the organization as a senior vice president and president of government markets. In this role, Small is responsible for all business related to government health programs (Medicare and Medicaid), which represents more than $3.5 billion in revenue and 900,000 enrollees.
Small comes to Blue Cross from Virginia Premier Health Plan in Richmond, Va., where he served as chief operating officer. Prior to that, he held the position of senior vice president of health plan operations for Highmark Inc., where he was responsible for all service delivery to their government and commercial members. Additionally, Small held several government and commercial executive leadership positions at Aetna over the course of a 15-year tenure.
"Kurt Small is a recognized industry leader in strategic design and operational effectiveness within the Medicare and Medicaid space," said Cain A. Hayes, president and chief operating officer of the health business at Blue Cross. "Our long-term strategic objectives will benefit greatly from Kurt's leadership. His results-oriented approach has proven to deliver greater efficiencies and positive member outcomes and experiences."
Small earned a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the Yale School of Management and a bachelor's degree from the College of William and Mary. He is a member of the Executive Leadership Council and serves as a trustee of the Winchester Thurston School.
About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, with headquarters in the St. Paul suburb of Eagan, was chartered in 1933 as Minnesota's first health plan and continues to carry out its charter mission today: to promote a wider, more economical and timely availability of health services for the people of Minnesota. A nonprofit, taxable organization, Blue Cross is the largest health plan based in Minnesota, covering 2.9 million members in Minnesota and nationally through its health plans or plans administered by its affiliated companies. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, headquartered in Chicago. Go to bluecrossmn.com to learn more.