The Louisiana Association of Health Plans (LAHP), the state trade association for the health benefits industry, today announced that Jeff Drozda will join the association as chief executive officer beginning March 5. Drozda will be responsible for managing all activities of the association. These include advocating on behalf of the health benefits industry, coordinating legislative and regulatory activities, promoting membership, conducting educational events, coordinating workgroups and committees, overseeing communications, and managing the association’s administrative functions.Since 2008, Drozda has served as vice president of state government affairs for UnitedHealthcare. In this role, he has been responsible for legislative, political, and regulatory affairs in the southeastern U.S. covering Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina and South Carolina. He has worked with governors, legislators, insurance commissioners and their staffs on key health care issues. Drozda also served for six years as a state senator of Indiana, where he represented over 135,000 citizens and served on numerous legislative committees, including the Senate Insurance Committee.