RICHMOND — The State Corporation Commission’s Bureau of Insurance (Bureau) has named Julie S. Blauvelt deputy commissioner of its Life and Health Division. In that capacity, she oversees a staff that reviews insurance policy rates and forms; performs market conduct examinations; conducts consumer outreach programs, and handles consumer inquiries and complaints involving life and health insurance matters, internal appeals and external review. She replaces Althelia P. “Al” Battle, who retired effective April 1.
Blauvelt has worked for the Bureau in a variety of capacities for 23 years. She first joined the Bureau as a financial examiner trainee in the Company Licensing Section. She later worked in the Bureau’s Office of the Managed Care Ombudsman and the Policy, Compliance and Administration Division. Before assuming her new post, she worked in the Life and Health Division, where she oversaw the plan management process for which the Bureau is responsible under the federal health care law. That involves reviewing rates and forms and performing market analyses of health care plans before recommending them for inclusion in the federally facilitated health insurance exchange in Virginia.
“An outstanding regulator and manager for many years, Julie brings to her new position a wealth of knowledge regarding health insurance laws and regulations. Her extensive familiarity with almost all aspects of the Life and Health Division will ensure a smooth transition,” said Virginia Insurance Commissioner Jacqueline K. Cunningham. “I look forward to working closely with Julie in her new role,” she said.
A Harrisonburg native, Blauvelt holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Mary Baldwin College. In addition to her service with the Bureau of Insurance, she worked for eight years as a regulatory compliance manager for a local health maintenance organization (HMO) and was the company’s representative on the Virginia HMO Association (now Virginia Association of Health Plans).