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Wellmark - Des Moines Assistant General Counsel in Des Moines, Iowa

Use your strengths as an Assistant General Counsel at Wellmark

In this role, you will assist and support the Sr VP & Chief Legal Officer in the performance, representation, and delivery of all legal, compliance, and regulatory services for Wellmark and its subsidiaries. This position has particular emphasis on federal and state insurance regulation, including Iowa and South Dakota law, the Affordable Care Act and Medicare Parts C and D. This requires a thorough and in-depth understanding of the legal and regulatory environment affecting Wellmark’s business and the healthcare industry. You will be accountable for reviewing, analyzing, preparing, and communicating legal and regulatory issues that influence or impact Wellmark’s business. In addition, you will represent Wellmark with members, stakeholders, regulators, and other external audiences.

Ideal candidates have insurance and state- and/or federal-based health regulation experience. You are motivated, calculating, and mission-driven at your core. You must have a demonstrated history of strong relationship-building skills that allows you to work collaboratively and proactively with the business and external audiences. Additionally, exceptional judgement, business acumen, and the ability to communicate clearly and effectively will lead to success in this role.


  • J.D. and current license in good standing to practice law (any state acceptable). No history of federal or state professional disciplinary proceedings or regulatory disqualifications. Continuing legal education must be current in accordance with state requirements for licensed attorneys.

  • 7+ years of experience practicing law in a corporate, governmental, administrative, regulatory, judicial or private practice environment in the subject areas of health care, employee benefits, insurance, corporate and business transactions, administrative law, antitrust, finance, employment law, procurement and contracting, litigation and/or litigation management, or related area.

  • Excellent research, analytical, and critical thinking skills. Strong understanding of applicable rules, regulations, and key interdependencies.

  • Effectively build relationships across the organization that are supportive and collaborative.

  • Advanced consulting and interpersonal skills. Ability to understand the needs of the business and develop legal advice that balances subject matter expertise with stakeholder needs. Viewed as a credible, trustworthy business partner. Comfortable with decision making ability in a complex, multi-dimensional team environment.

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills with the ability to effectively articulate and support complex information and decisions to varied audiences.

  • Proven ability to handle confidential information with discretion.

  • Proactive self-starter with strong time management skills and the ability to balance competing priorities with flexibility. Ability to anticipate risks and take appropriate action.

  • Travel required up to 5%


  • Prior experience in health insurance and/or health care delivery and financing.

  • Prior experience with Iowa and/or South Dakota state insurance regulation.

  • Prior experience with federal insurance regulation, including Affordable Care Act and Medicare regulations.

a. Assist and support the Sr VP & Chief Legal Officer in achieving corporate and divisional goals and in maintaining corporate compliance with all applicable laws, rules, and regulations.

b. Provide appropriate and timely legal opinions, or secure such opinions through management of outside legal counsel, regarding legal strategies and positions for Wellmark and communicating such opinions to management, CLO, and/or CEO.

c. Provide proficient legal analysis and advice regarding business strategy and corporate transactions draft and analyze contracts and other legal documents and provide legal advice to leadership, all in a manner that is prudent, innovative, compliant with laws, and best serves the strategic interests of Wellmark and its members.

d. Consistently anticipate, evaluate, develop mitigation strategies for, and advise management of, potential risks in contractual, regulatory, litigation, compliance, financial and reputational areas.

e. Counsel and assist management regarding new or changing legal and regulatory requirements, and assist management with designing and implementing business policies and procedures to assure compliance with same.

f. Conduct confidential and/or privileged corporate investigations.

g. Obtain and maintain advanced knowledge of laws governing the conduct of the Companys business, including, as applicable, Affordable Care Act, Medicare Part C and D, HIPAA, ERISA, and other state and federal laws.

h. Support Wellmarks Federal Employee Health Benefit Program team.

i. Support Wellmarks Sales and Marketing areas in review, evaluation and approval of marketing communications materials to be in compliance with Blue Cross Blue Shield Association Brand Use, Licensing and intellectual property requirements.

j. Review and approve corporate communications of all types, for legal sufficiency and accuracy.

k. Prepare and review corporate and board of directors materials for legal sufficiency and accuracy.

l. Manage competing priorities effectively to meet corporate and divisional goals.

m. For all job accountabilities, meet performance standards and comply with other job requirements as established and communicated by Company and Divisional leadership.

n. Other duties as assigned.

Requisition ID: 214508

External Company Name: Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield

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