Woodland Hills, Cailf.-based Anthem Blue Cross in California has confirmed that its president, Leslie Margolin, has left the company.

In a statement, the health insurer says Mark Morgan, Anthem's VP of Small Group Sales, will serve as acting president of the company on an interim basis, effective immediately.

“During her tenure at Anthem Blue Cross, Margolin played an integral role in collaborating with hospitals and providers across the state, and has been a champion of innovative initiatives that improve patient safety and quality outcomes,” the statement reads. “Anthem would like to thank Leslie for her leadership and commitment to the company over the past two years.”

In February, Anthem Blue Cross became a flashpoint in the health care reform debate as the Obama administration criticized the company for planned premium hikes. The proposed increases, as high as 39% in some cases, were later withdrawn after the California Department of Insurance found flaws in the company's calculations.

Morgan led Anthem's small group business since 2008 and previously held several senior-level leadership roles in sales, operations and product development at Blue Shield of California and Health Net. In a separate statement, Margolin said she was leaving to take the reigns at Transforming Health Care, a private coalition of health plans, physicians and consumer advocates.


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