Curt Howell Selected as Select Health Colorado Market President
Curt Howell has been selected as market president of the Peaks Region in Colorado. He will lead the development and execution of strategic initiatives as we enter the Colorado health insurance market later this year.
In his role, Howell will be responsible for working with regulatory, legislative, and business stakeholders; investigating and sourcing new business opportunities; building new relationships within the community; and working with network provider partners (including Intermountain Health) to provide these new communities with affordable and high-quality health plans.
“Howell’s extensive regional and operational growth experience will elevate our presence and growth in the Colorado insurance market,” said Rob Hitchcock, President and CEO for Select Health. “His market development experience, along with his entrepreneurial and strategic guidance, will help leverage our opportunities in this new market, and advance our mission as we deliver accessible and value-based care to the communities we serve.”
Most recently, Howell served as multi-state market president at Bright Healthcare, where he had profit and loss responsibility for the employer group, marketplace, and Medicare Advantage (MA) products for 13 states. During his time there, he launched two new Medicare Advantage products in Arizona and Colorado, increased the CMS quality Star Rating by more than one point in less than a year, and launched a new marketplace line of business in Utah.
“Watching Select Health grow in recent years from the outside has been truly inspiring, and I couldn’t be more excited to be joining the team,” said Howell. “The health insurance industry is at a turning point, and consumers are looking for more from their health plans. I know we can do great things by bringing Select Health to new regions and am looking forward to leading this effort in Colorado.”
Additionally, Howell was the vice president of strategic development - east and west divisions at Fresenius Medical Center and held various executive and leadership positions at Leavitt Group Enterprises, Humana and UnitedHealthcare. Howell holds a Master of Health Administration degree from the Medical College of Virginia.
Coming to Colorado in 2024!
Select Health is preparing to offer Medicare Advantage and Individual and Family plans in Colorado in 2024! Agents interested in becoming appointed may contact Agent Relations at Agent.Relations@selecthealth.org or 801-442-4908.
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Select Health Awards
The Select Health Awards are returning to help organizations that give back to the community and promote the Select Health mission. From January 1 until February 28, 2023, applications were accepted for the 2023 Utah Select Health Awards. Ten Utah organizations will be chosen to receive $3,000 and a marketing package valued at $20,000 to further their cause. The 2023 Idaho Select Health Awards began accepting applications March 1 and ten Idaho organizations will be awarded $5,000.
Organizations can use the cash award for a variety of needs, including program expenses, supplies, and educational materials. The marketing package for Utah organizations includes a two-minute promotional video, a large banner, professional photos, and media recognition. Select Health provides this award so organizations can further their cause and expand their resources for helping members of the community. Organizations that are promoting health and wellness, helping those in need, or building strong communities are encouraged to apply.
The 2022 Select Health Awards winners represented a variety of causes. One winner, Loving Angel Service Dog, provides service dogs for those with mobility issues, PTSD, traumatic brain injuries, and autism. They used the award to provide training, as well as purchase training supplies, dog food and supplements, and veterinary care. Other winners included Flourish Therapy, Kids Cause, Project Reality, Catholic Community Services, and many more.
For more information or to see past winners, visit selecthealthawards.org.