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May 9, 2019

Hernandez Elected Chairman, Four Kansans Earn New Terms on the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Board of Directors

Leonard R. Hernandez, New Strawn, was elected to a one-year term as chair of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Board of Directors at its annual meeting May 9 in Topeka. James A. Klausman, Topeka, was elected to a one-year term as vice chair.

Hernandez, chief executive officer of Coffey Health System, joined the Blue Cross board in 2012, and recently completed three years as vice chair. Klausman, president/CEO of Midwest Health, has served on the board since 2015.

Hernandez and Klausman were among four directors who were re-elected to new, four-year terms at the meeting. Also re-elected to new terms were Rick C. Jackson, Topeka, and Kenneth W. Winter, Dodge City. Jackson is executive vice president and chief lending officer at Capitol Federal®, and has served on the board since 2015. Winter joined the board in 2007 and is general manager of Lariat Feeders, LLS.

Other members of the board are Matthew D. All, Lawrence; Carolyn R. Banning, CPA/PFS, Dodge City; Gregory V. Binns, Hutchinson; Jennifer L. Brull, M.D., Plainville; Megan L. Jones, Topeka; Diane L. Lee, CPA, CSEP, Hutchinson; Jena K. Lysen, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, Wichita; Jeff D. Mullen, Wichita; Steve W. Sloan, Pittsburg; Cathy Mih Taylor, M.D., Chanute; Jeffrey R. Thompson, Salina; and Angela N. Wilson, D.D.S., Lawrence.

About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas

For more than 75 years, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas has built a reputation of trust with its members and contracting providers by providing outstanding customer service while quickly and accurately processing claims; fairly administering benefit plans and contracts; offering programs, services and tools to help members improve or maintain their health; and operating under the highest ethical standards while being good stewards of premium dollars. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and is the state’s largest insurer, serving all Kansas counties except Johnson and Wyandotte. For more information, visit bcbsks.com.

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