UHA Names Industry Veteran Teresa O'Connell Vice President, Legal, Government Relations and Health Savings Educator

Honolulu, HI (April 6, 2017) – Teresa A. “Terri” O’Connell has joined UHA Health Insurance (UHA) as vice president, legal, government relations and health savings educator. She has over 30 years of professional experience in health insurance.

In this position, she serves as UHA’s lead legal counsel. She also manages government relations and helps promote health savings accounts in Hawai‘i.

Most recently, O’Connell was counsel at Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel, where she focused on health care law. Previous positions include associate general counsel, Northeast Region at UnitedHealthcare; director of government programs at Aetna; director of Medicare products for Northern California Health Net; and manager at HMSA.

O’Connell is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association, American Bar Association and the Hawai‘i State Bar Association.

The Wai‘alae resident grew up in Ewa Beach and is a graduate of Campbell High School. She earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Connecticut School of Law and a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration (accounting and finance) from Oregon State University.

For more information, visit uhahealth.com.

About UHA Health Insurance (University Health Alliance)
UHA was founded as University Health Alliance in 1996 by a group of physician faculty at University of Hawai‘i John A. Burns School of Medicine. UHA provides medical, drug and vision plans to more than 4,700 Hawai‘i employer groups and over 56,000 members. As the only health plan in Hawai‘i founded by physicians, it was the first to offer preventive and wellness care focused health plans in the state, and now offers the largest physician and provider network in Hawai‘i. By meeting strict quality standards to ensure clinically sound decision-making that respects the rights of patients and medical providers, UHA received accreditation in Health Utilization Management through URAC, the independent non-profit that promotes healthcare quality. For information, visit uhahealth.com or follow @uhahealth on Twitter. 


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