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William Barnes

Deputy General Counsel

Will Barnes HeadshotWill Barnes joined Henry Ford Health System in 2018 as deputy general counsel, Insurance Operations.  In this position, he is responsible for managing HAP’s in-house legal department and its related functions.

Will’s extensive experience as in-house counsel for the health care industry has included work for both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, with responsibility for significant business transactions, governance support, compliance and corporate health law legal analysis.

Will’s background in all core aspects of the health care industry, including hospitals, physician organizations, insurance and employee benefits, makes him a well-rounded leader, able to advise, counsel and provide legal support to executives, boards, leaders and staff at all levels.

Previously with Health Care Service Corporation in Chicago, Will served as vice president and general counsel of the Life, Disability and Dental subsidiaries of this mutual health insurer.  He also served as in-house counsel for Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Indianapolis and Denver, as well as general counsel at Sterling Health Plan/Windsor Health Plan in Bellingham, Wash.

Earlier in his career, Will served as director of strategic development and managed care at the University of Colorado Hospital and director of Risk Contract Management at Primera Health Care in Denver.  He also taught health law at the University of Denver, having received his J.D. and MBA from Syracuse University and a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Messiah College in Grantham, Pa.


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