About Independence Blue Cross

Stephen P. Fera Executive Vice President, Public Affairs and Government Markets

Steve Fera is executive vice president of Public Affairs and Government Markets at Independence Blue Cross (Independence). Over his 30-year career at Independence, he has led multiple lines of business, advised top leaders in government, and championed health equity and public-private collaboration. Mr. Fera brings a community-oriented approach to his work at the intersection of health care, public policy, and social impact.

Today, he has overall corporate responsibility for Independence’s nationally recognized and top ranked Medicare Advantage plans as well as the company’s public affairs division. This includes leading government and community affairs and Independence’s $140 million charitable foundation, which was founded under his leadership in 2011. Through collaborative partnerships and innovative programs, Mr. Fera has worked to expand access to care and improve the lives of millions of Americans. Most notably, earlier in his career, he led Independence’s work with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to launch the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which became a national model for providing health coverage to kids across the country.

Mr. Fera serves on several boards, including Vista Health Plan, Tandigm Health, Pennsylvania’s Chamber of Business and Industry, Public Affairs Council, and the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation. He also co-chairs the Ending Racism Partnership, a citywide, participatory collaboration of Philadelphia residents, leaders, and influencers from community, business, government, and philanthropy to end racial injustice and economic inequality.

Mr. Fera has been recognized for his outstanding service to the community with the Good Scout Award from the Cradle of Liberty Council, Boy Scouts of America. He was named to City & State PA’s 2021 Pennsylvania Healthcare Power 100 list for being one of the most influential health care leaders in the state.

Steve has bachelor of science and master of business administration degrees in finance, both from St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia.

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