Building Healthy, Vibrant Communities Takes Partnership

Daniel J. Loepp

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Daniel J. Loepp is President and Chief Executive Officer of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. Mr. Loepp has directed sweeping initiatives and innovations that have led to a historic transformation of BCBSM and health care in Michigan. He played a major role in modernizing the state’s health care delivery system in a process that led to enactment of new laws that transformed BCBSM to become a nonprofit mutual insurance company in January 2014. Mr. Loepp has led BCBSM initiatives to improve health care quality and slow cost increases, saving nearly $1.5 billion through several programs that have garnered national attention and served as models implemented across the country. Under his leadership, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is helping to revitalize and strengthen Detroit, Grand Rapids and Lansing. In 2011 and 2012, Blue Cross moved 3,000 BCBSM employees into downtown Detroit and the company is one of the largest employers in the city’s Central Business District. In Lansing, BCBSM subsidiary AF Group transformed a long abandoned power plant into a national headquarters. Mr. Loepp has stood by a commitment that BCBSM should be a driving force for good in Michigan’s core cities. It is reflected in BCBSM’s workforce diversity and inclusion efforts, supplier partnerships and community initiatives. In his tenure, BCBSM has been named Corporation of the Year in Finance and Insurance Services nine times by the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council. The company has also been named one of America’s Top Organizations for Multi-Cultural Business Opportunities by and ranked five consecutive years as one of the top 10 Regional Companies for diversity by DiversityInc magazine, including being ranked No. 1 for consecutive years in 2015 and 2016. Mr. Loepp was honored as a 2016 recipient of the Edward N. McNamara Goodfellow of the Year Award. He was selected as Michiganian of the Year by The Detroit News in 2013. Mr. Loepp joined Blue Cross in 2000. In 2011, 2012 and 2013, he served as board chair of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA), an organization that includes all 36 Blue Cross plans and provides health coverage to more than 106 million Americans.

Growing up in my Detroit neighborhood, my childhood memories are filled with pick-up games on the street, sledding at Balduck park, and trips to Cunningham’s Drug Store and the Sanders Ice Cream shop, just a short walk from home. I personally understand how important it is for a city to have thriving neighborhoods that stretch far beyond their city centers. That’s why it was especially meaningful to stand alongside City of Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and community leaders to share that Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan will be partnering with the East Warren/Cadieux Neighborhood and the City to engage residents and identify ways we can support the needs of that vibrant community – the community where I grew up.
Blue Cross is one of the seven corporate partners that have each committed $5 million over five years to support the Affordable Housing Leverage Fund and the city's Strategic Neighborhood Fund. I’m proud of our company’s 80-year history of supporting Michigan’s communities and the many ways we demonstrate our commitment to the health and well-being of our residents. In 2018 alone, Blue Cross invested nearly $93 million in community health programs throughout our state. Cities and communities across our state need thriving neighborhoods, and we at Blue Cross strongly believe that corporate partners help ensure their vibrancy. We look forward to partnering with the residents and leaders of East Warren/Cadieux to build a healthy future together.

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