Joan Budden is the President and CEO of Priority Health, a $4 billion health plan that is nationally recognized for improving the health and lives of the people it serves. Under Budden’s leadership, Priority Health has become the second-largest health plan in Michigan and the fourth-largest provider-sponsored health plan in the country.
Budden has more than 30 years’ experience in health care and is a tenacious advocate for lowering costs for individuals and employers. This goal reflects Priority Health’s founding by physicians and hospitals who sought a better option to stand-alone insurance. Budden has led Priority Health’s focus on prevention and quality, while constantly working to make sure members get the right care, at the right place, at the right time, for the right price.
Budden previously was the chief marketing officer of Priority Health. She has led strategy and held various leadership and executive management positions in the health insurance industry.