WPS names former legislator vice president of provider relations

Special to The Freeman

April 9, 2014

Brett Davis
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MADISON – WPS Health Insurance announced Wednesday it has hired former state legislator Brett Davis to serve as the vice president of provider relations for the not-for-profit health insurer.

According to the announcement, Davis previously was division administrator in charge of Medicaid for Wisconsin, in the Department of Health Services during which he oversaw a budget of $8 billion serving 1.1 million Wisconsin residents, and managed hundreds of employees.

“I am looking forward to leveraging Brett’s deep relationships and experience with providers around the state, and for innovative ways to structure and negotiate arrangements with our partners that will improve health care value and enhance insurance coverage in Wisconsin,” said Scott Kowalski, executive vice president of WPS Health Insurance, in a statement.

Davis was a member of the state Assembly from 2005 to 2011. He worked as a tax and revenue policy analyst for Gov. Tommy G. Thompson before becoming special assistant to the secretary under Secretary Thompson at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, according to the announcement. Davis also served as chief of staff to state Sen. Joe Leibham, R-Sheboygan, prior to serving in the state Legislature.