Who you'll see at The Future of Health Insurance

Steven Loeb · November 12, 2019 · Short URL: https://vator.tv/n/4f15

We will have speakers from Anthem, Bind Benefits, Sutter Health, Gravie and more!

On November 14, HP, Vator and UCSF Health Hub will be holding their latest salon, called The Future of Health Insurance. Check out the discussion at #futurehealthinsurance.

Topics of discussion will include how to lower deductibles/premiums and overall costs, as well as to get patients to be better consumers of health services, and how new data insights are improving care, if they are at all. 

And, of course, what the actual future of healthcare will look like, and what the government's role will be in facilitating care going forward.

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As always, there will be a great lineup of speakers to discuss these topics and offer their expertise. Here who will be at the upcoming event: 

Shawn WagonerShawn Wagoner (Co-founder, Bind Benefits


Based in Minnesota, Bind On-Demand Health Insurance works with self-insured employers to offer health plans that provide coverage flexibility and cost certainty – without deductibles. 

Bind puts people at the center of its design. Costs are clear in advance. Treatment options are easy to compare. Savings opportunities are illuminated. And coverage is adjustable.

The company has raised $72.5 million from investors such as Ascension Ventures, Lemhi Ventures, UnitedHealthcare.

Wagoner previously spent almost three years as President of Proximare Health, and two years as Vice President, Accountable Care Solutions at OptumInsight. He has an MBA from Harvard Business School.


Steven WiggintonSteven Wigginton (CEO, Sutter Health | Aetna


Sutter Health | Aetna is jointly owned health care company formed by the two organizations in 2017. It offers employers who have employees in Northern California self-insured commercial products.

"Sutter Health l Aetna combines Sutter Health’s high-quality, local doctors, hospitals and other care providers with Aetna’s health plan experience, care management expertise, analytical insights and health information technology," the company writes

Wigginton became CEO in May of 2018; prior to that, he was the CEO of Valence Health following the acquisition of Valence by Evolent Health in 2016. Prior to the acquisition, Wigginton served as Evolent’s Chief Development Officer. He was also founding CEO of Medley Health, and president of Health Integrated and as Executive Vice President of Neoforma.

Wigginton has a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree of business administration from Indiana University.


Michael Yang (Partner, OMERS Ventures)

@OMERSVentures @yangbness1

OMERS Ventures is a multi-stage venture capital investor, investing from seed to late stage companies.

"OMERS Ventures provides patient, strategic capital to accelerate growth and scale. As part of the private equity family at OMERS, we support companies at all stages of their development with specialized teams focused on private equitygrowth equity and venture," the company writes.

Investments have included Crunchbase, DogVacay, DuckDuckGo, Hootsuite and Shopify.

Yang joined OMERS this year after spending nine years as Managing Director at Comcast Ventures. Before that, he was a Vice President/General Manager at Yahoo, where he led various properties in the Yahoo! Media Group and the Local Markets & Commerce Division, including Yahoo! Autos, Yahoo! Real Estate, Yahoo! Health and Yahoo! Shopping.


Jason T. AndrewJason T. Andrew (CEO, Limelight Health)

@LimelightHealth @jandrew73

Limelight Health focuses on automating the employee benefits industry, offering medical and ancillary carriers services such as quoting, rating, proposal generation, renewals, underwriting and enrollment support. The goal is to shorten sales cycles and improve turnaround times for carriers. Its first product, QuotePad, is a cloud-based quoting platform that allows health insurance agents to quote and compare health, medical, dental and vision benefits information.

The company has raised $44 million in funding from investors that include Principal Life, AXA Venture Partners, MassMutual Ventures, Aflac Ventures, Transamerica Ventures, Wells Fargo Strategic Capital, LaunchPad Digital Health, and Wanxiang America Healthcare Investments. 

Prior to Limelight, Andew founded Stone Meadow Benefits & Insurance Associates, a Silicon Valley-based insurance brokerage. His 20 years of insurance experience began as managing producer at Lawson-Hawks Insurance Associates where he focused on public entity clients, non-profits, and technology startups.


MOHAMMAD GABERMohammad Gaber (Co-Founder & CEO, WellPay)

@McGaber @WellPayCares

Wellpay is a healthcare payment platform designed around patients and providers.

"Wellpay alleviates the stress and hassle of getting patients to pay medical bills. We make it more convenient and less expensive for providers like you to accelerate patient payments in a modern, elegant experience. It's a thoughtful approach to managing your billing. We do all of the heavy lifting for you so you can focus on what matters," the company writes.

Prior to Wellpay, Gaber was Head of Growth & Marketing Company at Uplift, where he is still a senior advisor. Before that, he was Global Practice Director at Adobe and Senior Director, Digital and Marketing Strategy at Air Canada.


Jonna KuruczJonna Kurucz (AI, Emerging Tech, Anthem)


Anthem is the second largest health insurance company, by membership, in the United States, behind only UnitedHealthcare Group. It has over 40 million members. 

The Indianapolis-based company is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association serving members in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin. It also offers specialty plan members in other states. 

Kurucz has been at Anthem for over 10 years; before that she worked in business development at Resolution Health and was Vice President at Prudential Financial. 


ABIR SENAbir Sen (CEO & Co-Founder, Gravie)  

@gogravie @abirsen

The Minnesota-based Gravie says it "is reinventing health benefits, making them easier and more affordable for employers and employees." For employers, it allows them to decide how much money they want to provide to their employees, then Gravie helps them shop for and buy a plan that fits their needs. The company currently serves over 900 employers and over 62,000 individuals across the United States. 

The company has raised $44.1 million from GE Ventures, FirstMark Capital, Aberdare Ventures, Split Rock Partners, Brightstone Venture Capital.

Prior to founding Gravie, Sen was co-founder and CEO of Bloom Health, and before that he was co-founder and president of RedBrick Health. Sen also co-founded Definity Health.

Sen began his career at Deloitte Consulting where he advised managed care organizations and integrated delivery systems on mergers, acquisitions and turnaround strategies. He has also worked as an advisor to Fidelity Investment’s health and welfare departments where he helped launch their benefit consulting business.

Abir earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Lawrence University and his MBA from Harvard Business School. He is a member of the board of directors of Allina Health, and on the board of trustees at Lawrence University.

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