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Madison, WI – The law firm of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP is pleased to announce Frederick C. Nepple has been appointed to serve as a public director of the Wisconsin United for Health Foundation (WUHF). WUHF is the foundation created to distribute the more than $600 million proceeds from the conversion of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wisconsin to a stock for profit corporation.
Nepple will replace former board member Ben Brancel. He has been appointed to serve a five-year term which ends July 2017.
Nepple is a member of the Transactional Practice Group at Michael Best, focusing his practice on insurance and regulatory law. Prior to joining Michael Best, Nepple was General Counsel for the Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance for 27 years. In that capacity Nepple chaired National Association of Insurance (NAIC) committees, and was a member of US Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Labor advisory committees, focused on health care system issues.
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About Wisconsin United for Health Foundation
Wisconsin United for Health Foundation was established in 2001 by order of the Commissioner of Insurance to receive the proceeds of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wisconsin conversion to a stock for profit and distribute the funds to the UW Medical School and the Medical College of Wisconsin after reviewing and approving each school’s spending plans. Reviews and approvals occurred in March 2004. The Foundation had formal oversight and enforcement authority during the implementation period. Currently, it serves as a forum for public information and comment. At each school, a committee of senior administrators or faculty oversees the medical education and research funds, while an oversight and advisory committee composed of health care advocates, community leaders, school representatives, and an appointee of the Commissioner of Insurance oversees the public health funds.