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Blue Shield hires former CalPERS executive

Blue Shield of California said this week it has hired a former official with CalPERS and the state Department of Public Health.

Kathleen Billingsley is Blue Shield’s new vice president for its CalPERS and University of California accounts.

Billingsley has more than 25 years’ experience in the health care sector. She had been director of policy and programs at the Public Health department.

Before that, she was assistant executive officer for health policy and planning at the California Public Employees’ Retirement System. At CalPERS, she managed health benefits for the pension fund’s 1.3 million members.

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