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Independence Blue Cross names Kimberly Kockler vice president of government affairs

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 11, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Independence Blue Cross (Independence) has hired Kimberly Kockler as vice president of government affairs. Kockler was previously the vice president of government affairs for Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

As vice president of government affairs, Kockler will represent Independence's position on legislative and government activities. She will support the company's efforts to enhance relationships with the community and external stakeholders in the rapidly changing health care industry. Kockler will report to Stephen P. Fera, senior vice president of public affairs.

Kockler brings 20 years of government affairs and health care experience to her role. In addition to serving as vice president of government affairs for Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania, she was also the executive director of the Managed Care Association of Pennsylvania. Kockler earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from Penn State University.

About Independence Blue Cross

Independence Blue Cross is the leading health insurance organization in southeastern Pennsylvania. With our affiliates, we serve more than 9 million people in 24 states and the District of Columbia. For more than 75 years, we have been enhancing the health and wellness of the people and communities we serve by delivering innovative and competitively priced health care products and services; pioneering new ways to reward doctors, hospitals, and other health care professionals for coordinated, quality care; and supporting programs and events that promote wellness. To learn more about how we're changing the game, visit www.ibx.com. Connect with us on Facebook at ibx.com/facebook and on Twitter at @ibx. Independence Blue Cross is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

CONTACT: Nadina Fraimow 215-241-4645 Nadina.Fraimow@ibx.com

Source:Independence Blue Cross