Hilman headed to new health insurance cooperative

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Longtime health care policy advocate Judi Hilman will leave her post as director of the Utah Health Policy Project in July to join a new nonprofit health insurance cooperative.

Hilman helped found UHPP nearly eight years ago. Her departure was announced Friday.

She is planning to move to Arches Health Plan to serve as vice president of consumer engagement and strategic partnerships. Arches is Utah's first health insurance cooperative formed under the federal Affordable Care Act.

Hilman will remain at UHPP through June, helping staff and the agency's board navigate the transition to new leadership.

"Judi is the organization's visionary founder and has been the true spirit and much of the drive for UHPP and comprehensive health reforms over the years," Tom Metcalf, a physician and past UHPP board chair said in a prepared statement. "We are excited for her in her new role."

UHPP will launch a national search for Hilman's replacement, it said in a news release.