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Gilje to lead KPS

"After surviving for five months without one, KPS Health Plans hired its new president last Thursday. Seattle health care consultant Elizabeth Gilje took over at the insurance provider, which is in the process of recovery from massive financial hemorrhaging.Mrs. Gilje is an experienced health insurance administrator who has been working closely with my receiver team over the past six months, state Insurance Commissioner Deborah Senn said in a written statement. She is uniquely qualified to work as a bridge between the receiver team, KPS Health Plans staff, community physicians and hospitals, and the plan's subscribers.Gilje fills the space vacated by former Kitsap Physicians Services CEO Robert Schneidler, who was fired last fall.Schneidler's firing was part of a re-organization effort from the state Office of the Insurance Commissioner. Ordered by Thurston Superior Court after KPS' capital reserves fell millions below statutory levels, the re-organization (or receivership) was meant to streamline and rehabilitate the insurance provider.Gilje has 18 years of experience with Northwest insurance carriers, like Kaiser Permanente, Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound, Virginia Mason and Providence Health Plans.The KPS Health Plans interim advisory board, a collection of community leaders and former KPS board members, selected Gilje to fill the head spot last week.Gilje owns a Seattle-based health care consulting practice called Clariot. She has been involved with the KPS Health Plans receivership effort from the beginning. The board that selected Gilje came out of a business, community and OIC joint effort to fix KPS' financial woes without selling the company or liquidating it. The rehabilitation plan was proposed to Senn and endorsed by her in September, and just got the thumbs up from Thurston County Superior Court at the end of January."

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