Wednesday Morning: Blue Cross Blue Board

Published March 9, 2011

In a bit of breaking news, NPR just reported that its CEO, Vivian Schiller, has resigned. You’ll hear more about her resignation throughout the day on Here & Now and On Point.


After public outcry over the payment of an $11.3 million severance package to former CEO Cleve Killingsworth and annual payments to each member of its board of directors, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts announced yesterday it has suspended pay to its board.

Blue Cross Blue Shield may also be eyeing a move away from its non-profit status. Yesterday, Radio Boston dove into the issue of non-profit pay in the state’s health industry and spoke with Paul Guzzi, a member of the Blue Cross board.

President Obama yesterday got a first-hand look at many of the issues Boston struggles with daily. After touting the use of technology in the classroom at TechBoston Academy in Dorchester, Obama met the Celtics and raised over $1 million for congressional Democrats at a reception at the MFA. A tale of two cities in one day. You can watch Obama’s full speech at TechBoston.

As WBUR’s David Boeri reports, it wasn’t the happiest of birthdays for, Joseph Lally, a co-defendant of former House Speaker Sal DiMasi in DiMasi’s ongoing corruption trial. In what may prove to be a pivotal moment in the trial, Lally struck a plea deal with prosecutors yesterday.

A Harvard researcher won one of the highest honors in the field of computing. Leslie Valiant was named the winner of the 2010 A.M. Turing Award, considered by some to be the Nobel Prize of computer science.

In an effort to combat the rising tide of budget shortfalls, mayors and town managers pleaded with the state Legislature yesterday to give them the power to reduce health insurance costs without negotiating with unions.

What we’re watching: We’ll continue to follow the Blue Cross story, school closings in Providence, R.I., and the fight over federal home heating assistance. Radio Boston will speak with Jane McGonigal, author of “Reality is Broken,” who says that video games make us better, more productive people.