MILWAUKEE – July 26, 2021 – Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Wisconsin announced today that Ted Osthelder has been named president of the health plan, a leading managed care provider of health benefits for Wisconsin residents who participate in the state’s Medicaid programs.
“Ted is a trusted and highly respected senior leader who has extensive knowledge and experience within the healthcare industry as well as a passion and track record for serving communities in Wisconsin,” said Dr. Barsam Kasravi, President of Anthem’s Medicaid West Region. “He is an influential and dynamic leader who is capable of guiding Anthem through a time of tremendous growth and transformational change. We look forward to his leadership as we continue to improve health and lives across Wisconsin.”
Osthelder has more than 25 years of private, public and political experience. Most recently, he was Senior Government Relations Director on Anthem’s Public Affairs team supporting the Commercial and Medicaid Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans in Wisconsin where he built and maintained relationships with policy makers, regulators and stakeholders. Prior to his career at Anthem, Osthelder spent 15 years in government and politics in a variety of leadership roles in Wisconsin. Since 2016, Osthelder has served on the board of the Wisconsin Collaborative Insurance Company, a joint venture between Anthem and Advocate/Aurora, the state’s largest health system.
“Anthem has always had a longstanding local commitment to improving the health of Wisconsin communities and I look forward to the opportunity to continue the local legacy and longstanding focus on Anthem’s members,” said Osthelder. “We understand the complex and interconnected factors that shape health, as well our role as a health leader to collaborate with local organizations and community partners to support those in need. We remain committed to serving our members with a simplified healthcare experience that enables them to lead a healthy and productive lifestyle.”
A Milwaukee native, Osthelder is a graduate of the Wisconsin School of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Osthelder succeeds Anthony Woods, who recently was named president of Amerigroup Washington, a wholly owned subsidiary of Anthem, Inc.
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield has served Wisconsin residents for more than 80 years through innovative, high quality healthcare and support services for more than 1 million commercial, Medicaid, and Medicare health plan members with 1,150 associates working, living, and volunteering across the state.