Former Maryland Insurance Commissioner Steven Larsen has been named chief executive officer of Amerigroup Corp.'s health plans in Maryland and the District of Columbia, which have 161,000 members. Larsen replaces Don Gilmore, who will lead the for-profit company's Florida operations. Larsen gained national attention last year when he blocked the for-profit conversion of CareFirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Owings Mills, Md. Last month, he testified against the proposed conversion of Premera Blue Cross, Mountlake Terrace, Wash. Most recently, Larsen was a partner and vice chairman of the insurance practice group at the Baltimore law firm Saul Ewing. "Steve's record as a consumer-focused insurance commissioner and his effective legislative and regulator's background are ideal attributes for our company's growing presence in the mid-Atlantic region," Amerigroup Chairman and CEO Jeffrey McWaters said in a news release. Amerigroup covers about 857,000 beneficiaries of Medicaid and other government programs in six states. -- by Laura B. Benko
Amerigroup hires ex-Md. insurance commissioner
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