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Jim Ep­pel has been named pres­i­dent and CEO at UCare, a Min­neapo­lis-based not-for-profit health plan that serves half a mil­lion ben­e­fi­cia­ries in Min­nesota and Nancy Feld­man, Wis­con­sin. He suc­ceeds who re­tired June 19.

Ep­pel, 59, most re­cently was se­nior VP at Op­tumIn­sight, a di­vi­sion of Unit­edHealth Group. Pre­vi­ously, he was COO at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Min­nesota af­ter serv­ing five years in ex­ec­u­tive lead­er­ship roles for the health plan’s com­mer­cial mar­kets, health man­age­ment and net­work man­age­ment ar­eas.

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