Swedish says adapting to technology is a top priority for him as he leads the nation's second largest health insurer. The U.S. healthcare overhaul also is a big focus for WellPoint, which is one of the biggest players in the overhaul's public insurance exchanges. The largely online exchanges debuted last fall and helped roughly 8 million people find coverage.
Swedish has gotten a good reception from Wall Street since taking the top job at WellPoint last year after a long career running large hospital networks. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield insurer's stock has climbed about 76% since WellPoint named him CEO—more than twice the growth of the Standard & Poor's 500 index over the same period.
During the AP interview, Swedish talked about a variety of topics, including how WellPoint is adapting its coverage to keep up with rapidly changing technology and about getting customers prepared for healthcare decisions they may not be ready to make.
Below are four takeaways from the interview: