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Government Affairs

Raising government awareness.

Government Affairs works with federal, state, and local officials on issues affecting the health care industry.

Robert Baker
Vice President, Government Affairs
bob.baker@capbluecross.com
717.541.6785

Brittany Rieker
Government Affairs Representative
brittany.rieker@capbluecross.com
717.541.6135

Constituent Inquiries

On occasion, members may request that their legislator intervene on their behalf in a health insurance matter. When this happens, a member must submit to us a completed Constituent Authorization Form, allowing legislators and legislative staff access to our members' records. Our Government Affairs staff can help.

Constituent Authorization Form

Effective April 14, 2003, new federal privacy regulations were implemented which have a direct effect on the manner in which the Government Affairs staff at Capital BlueCross may handle constituent inquiries for legislators and legislative staff.

The regulations were adopted to implement the privacy provisions of the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and are designed to ensure that "Protected Health Information" is fully protected in disclosures to third parties.

Insurance companies and HMOs must receive written authorization from a member before any information may be released to a third party such as legislators or legislative staff.

The Constituent Authorization Form is available in PDF format to download and print. Completed forms should be emailed or faxed to Brittany Rieker, government affairs representative, at 717.651.4097.

If you have any questions or need assistance completing the form, please contact Brittany Rieker at 717.541.6135.