Alphonso O’Neil-White is president and chief executive officer of HealthNow New York Inc., a health insurance and health services company in Upstate New York with annual revenues of $2.5 billion. HealthNow is a BlueCross BlueShield Association licensee in Western New York and in New York’s capital district.
He is in his fifteenth year at HealthNow, having relocated from Washington, DC, to accept the position of Senior Vice President and General Counsel. Since taking the helm in 2003, he led the company’s dramatic turnaround and is credited with returning it to a position of consistent profitability and market leadership. HealthNow is widely viewed as a leader and innovator in the field, at the cutting edge of the dynamic changes currently sweeping the health care marketplace.
O’Neil-White has considerable experience in the health care arena, spanning national and state government affairs, executive management, health care operations, and the law. Prior to joining HealthNow, he served as vice president and general counsel for the organization now known as America's Health Insurance Plans (“AHIP”), the preeminent trade association for the country's
health insurance industry. As a representative for the organization, he traveled throughout the country working on health policy issues, testifying before the United States Congress and state legislatures, as well as providing national media commentary on health care issues.
He has experience in the public sector as well as the not-for-profit health care sector, serving as Senior Labor Counsel for Humana Inc., a national, publicly traded health care company, and as General Counsel for one of the nation’s first health maintenance organizations, Group Health Association, Inc. A self-described “recovering lawyer,” Alphonso served as chair-elect of the Health Law Section of the American Bar Association and retains his license to practice law in two states and the District of Columbia. He is a graduate of Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia and holds a law degree from the University of Louisville’s Louis Brandeis School of Law.
He is a trustee and director on a number of local and national boards, including the world renowned Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the National Institute of Healthcare Management, and the BlueCross BlueShield Association. He is a member of the executive committee of the preeminent regional business alliance known as the Buffalo Niagara Partnership and serves on the board of directors of The Buffalo Club and the Buffalo State College Council. He is also Chair of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo.
Alphonso was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York; he previously chaired the Board of the Buffalo Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank and served as chair of the Upstate Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
Alphonso resides in Amherst, New York with his wife, Marcia, and their youngest son.