Thomas A. Hutton, Esq. Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary
Mr. Hutton oversees all legal affairs for Independence and its subsidiaries. He also has responsibility and oversight for public policy, association affairs (including many of the company’s interactions with the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association), internal audit and corporate compliance.
As general counsel since 2014, Mr. Hutton has provided legal and strategic guidance to Independence’s leadership team and board during a period of unprecedented growth and diversification for the company. He and his team played a major role as Independence made key investments, expanded to new markets, and navigated the complex legal and regulatory environment of health care. Mr. Hutton also works closely with Independence’s Government Affairs team on certain key state and federal legislative and regulatory issues.
Prior to joining Independence in 2000, Mr. Hutton was deputy general counsel for Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge. In the Ridge Administration, he served as the legal liaison and legislative counsel to numerous executive agencies, and was a commissioner on the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws.
Mr. Hutton serves on the board of directors for AmeriHealth Caritas, Independence’s Medicaid managed care subsidiary that operates across the country. He is also vice chair of the board of the Committee of Seventy, an independent, non-partisan advocate for better government in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania.
Mr. Hutton received a bachelor of arts degree in government and international studies from the University of Notre Dame, and he is a graduate of the Dickinson School of Law. He and his wife Cindy have three children and live in Montgomery County in Pennsylvania.
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