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CareFirst Names Vice President of Underwriting

Dawn Audia Named Vice President of Underwriting

Baltimore, MD (January 18, 2012) - CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (CareFirst) has named Dawn Audia as Vice President of Underwriting. Audia brings to CareFirst more than 25 years of health care experience from a wide variety of health care organizations.

“Dawn’s broad background in regional, national and international health insurance organizations, and extensive experience with underwriting, actuarial, sales and marketing, will help CareFirst continue to meet the needs of customers while we navigate a time of significant regulatory and industry change,” said Chet Burrell, CareFirst President and CEO.

Audia joins CareFirst from Kaiser Permanente where she was the Executive Director of Account Management. In that position, Audia led Kaiser’s Mid-Atlantic account management team and was accountable for membership development and retention in the small, medium, large and labor account units.  Prior to Kaiser Permanente, Audia held management positions for UnitedHealth, Coventry Health Care and Cigna.

Audia received her official Underwriting Training in the Cigna Underwriting Program.  She is a graduate of the University of Hartford and has executive certificates from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and Harvard Law School. She is an active member and past president of the Rotary Club of Columbia-Patuxent, a graduate of Leadership Maryland’s Class of 2011 and Leadership Howard County’s Class of 2008.  Audia serves on the Board of Directors for the Prince George’s County Chamber of Commerce and is a resident of Columbia, Maryland.

In its 75th year of service, CareFirst, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, is a not-for-profit health care company which, through its affiliates and subsidiaries, offers a comprehensive portfolio of health insurance products and administrative services to 3.4 million individuals and groups in Maryland, the District of Columbia and Northern Virginia.  In 2011, CareFirst contributed $51 million to community programs designed to increase the accessibility, affordability, safety and quality of health care throughout its market areas. To learn more about CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, visit our Web site at or follow us on Twitter:

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