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David Brailer will take charge as First Chief Health Officer of Cigna.

Cigna onboards David Brailer, M.D., Ph.D. as the insurance company’s new Executive Vice President and first Chief Health Officer. 

Cigna announced Tuesday that Brailer will join him in early September. In the newly created position of Chief Health Officer, Brailer will be tasked with reimagining the company’s existing products, technologies, and services to improve the overall health of its customers, the company said in a press release. 

Brailer previously served as a health policy adviser to President George W. Bush and became the country’s first national coordinator for health information technology. He will report directly to Cigna’s CEO, David Cordani, and join the company’s corporate leadership team. 

“Dr. Bleiler joins us at a time when it has never been more important to advance the strategy of making healthcare more affordable, predictable, and simple,” Kodani said in a statement. “Our customers, patients, and clients count on us to lead disruptive change and improvement in healthcare. Dr. Brailer, with his proven expertise, is an invaluable addition to our team.” 

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David Brailer

Brailer is honored for his role as Founder and Chairman of Health Evolution and Vice Chairman of the Duke-Margolis Health Policy Center.

Brings expertise from recent roles. Through his role in Cigna, he will continue to serve in both organizations. During his time at Health Evolution, Brailer invested in a number of health technology companies. 

“We believe  Cigna is well-positioned to improve the health and well-being of our millions of customers,” Brailer said. “We know that our company is fully committed to leading the next era of digitally inspired, consumer-centric healthcare. We look forward to driving a culture of innovation and innovation. 

Last week, the insurer announced a partnership with Bicycle Health to expand access to virtual opioid treatments. 

The insurer announced Monday that it will expand the reach of its Affordable Care Act exchanges by entering three new states in 2023, subject to regulatory approval. With further expansion in other states, the company said its market could include 730,000 new members. 

The move will give customers 24/7 access to virtual primary care through MDLive, along with virtual dermatology and behavioral health. 

In the first quarter of this year, Cigna had a total of 190.4 million customers. In the first half of this year, the insurer posted revenue of $2.7 billion for her and $89.5 billion for her, up 10% in the first and second quarters. Last year, in the same six months, Cigna reported $2.6 billion in profit and $8.1 billion in revenue.

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