In a bid to firm up its Medicare Advantage (MA) insurance, global health service company Cigna has named Lisa Wagamon president of the health plan in the Carolinas and Robert Pettigrew president in Alabama, Mississippi and Northwest Florida. The two will help oversee the growth of the company MA plans in the respective regions assigned to them.
- Wagamon has more than two decades of experience in health care, including work with Medicare, Medicaid and commercial plans, as well as a strong background in provider network development.
- A Birmingham native, Pettigrew has been with Cigna for nearly 15 years, most recently serving as the Medicare Advantage market president in the Carolinas. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Auburn University at Montgomery. “I am excited to be back in Alabama and look forward to partnering with providers and other stakeholders in this region so we can introduce more customers to Cigna’s Medicare products,” Pettigrew said.
- In a statement announcing the appointments, Aparna Abburi, president of Cigna’s Medicare and CareAllies business, said: “This is an exciting time for Cigna’s MA business as we are rapidly growing by adding MA products and expanding geographies with the ultimate goal of providing more people with affordable, predictable and simple health care.”
- Cigna said that MA plans are growing in popularity with individuals who qualify for Medicare because they combine Medicare Parts A and B in one convenient plan that can also include Part D drug coverage and additional benefits, such as vision and dental, sometimes at no extra cost.
- The company offers a variety of MA plans in the Charlotte, Greensboro / Winston-Salem, Charleston, and Greenville/ Spartanburg areas as well as Anderson and Pickens counties. It offers a $0 premium plan in all MA markets. The company also offers Medicare Supplement and Medicare Prescription Drug Plans in all areas in the Carolinas.