Healthfirst Welcomes Linda Tiano as Its Chief Legal Officer

She brings deep health insurance expertise to New York City’s 3rd largest health plan

NEW YORK, NY – Healthfirst has appointed Linda Tiano as the insurer’s Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel, effective August 15.

Ms. Tiano brings more than 30 years of relevant experience to Healthfirst, most recently as a partner at Manatt Phelps & Phillips specializing in the representation of health insurers and providers and, prior to that, in General Counsel roles at Health Net, a multi-state commercial and government programs insurer headquartered in Southern California, and Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield and WellChoice, Inc. in New York.

“Linda’s deep expertise and experience in health insurance and healthcare will serve us well at a time of tremendous change and opportunity in our market,” said Pat Wang, Healthfirst’s CEO. “Healthfirst’s value-based model and close relationships with its providers and communities are part of the solution for American healthcare, and we warmly welcome Linda to our team to help us further that vision.”

Linda is a cum laude graduate of Boston University’s School of Law and a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Cincinnati, where she received a B.A. in Psychology.

About Healthfirst

Healthfirst is a not-for-profit health insurance company sponsored by some of the most prestigious hospitals and healthcare systems in New York. It serves almost 1.2 million members in New York City and in Long Island through government-sponsored programs including Child Health Plus, Medicaid, Medicare Advantage, and Managed Long Term Care (Senior Health Partners), as well as through private health plans including Healthfirst Leaf and Qualified Health Plans, offered on NY State of Health, The Official Health Plan Marketplace. It now offers The Essential Plan, lower-cost health plan options for qualifying individuals. For the second year in a row, Healthfirst is a 4-Star Medicare Advantage plan and has 5 Stars for quality on the NY State of Health, The Official Health Plan Marketplace.

Contact:
Channell Mellish
Healthfirst
212-803-1856
CMellish@Healthfirst.org

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