SACRAMENTO – Executive Director Peter V. Lee announced today the appointment by the California Health Benefit Exchange Board of Michael Lujan as Director of the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP).
"With more than 20 years’ experience in California’s small business insurance market, we know we have found the perfect director for the SHOP program,” said Lee. “We need a strategic thinker, team-builder, innovator and collaborator with an entrepreneurial mindset and Mr. Lujan brings with him all these qualities.”
As the Director of the SHOP, Lujan will be responsible for the Exchange’s strategy and implementation of small business group health coverage. He will also work closely with the Exchange Board and will serve as the primary interface with Exchange stakeholders on all small business group health coverage issues.
“As a passionate advocate for expanding access to affordable health care, I am proud to join the California Health Benefit Exchange,” said Lujan. “I look forward to working with key stakeholders on designing a small business coverage program that meets the needs of California’s diverse small business community.”
Lujan was most recently West Region Sales Director for Express Scripts, Inc. a leading pharmacy benefits management services company. As Sales Director, he provided sales direction and led account team. He is a seasoned sales management professional with a proven track record as a top sales producer. Among his previous positions, Lujan served as Small Group Sales Director for Blue Shield of California as well as Sales Manager for several prominent general agencies. The salary of this position is $160,000.
About the Exchange
California was the first state to create a Health Benefit Exchange following the passage of federal health care reform. It is charged with creating a new insurance marketplace in which individuals and small businesses will be able to purchase competitively priced health plans using federal tax subsidies and credits beginning in 2014.
The Exchange is overseen by a five-member board appointed by the Governor and Legislature; the California Health and Human Services Secretary serves as an ex officio voting member and is its current Chair.
For more information on the Exchange including meeting calendar, visit www.HealthExchange.ca.gov.