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February 19, 2024 

Jared M. Gross Named Chief Financial Officer for Independent Health

Jared GrossJared M. GrossWILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. (February 19, 2024) – Jared M. Gross has been appointed as executive vice president & chief financial officer for Independent Health effective February 26, 2024. In this role, Gross will be responsible for the financial budgets and operations of the organization, including the development of the financial and operational strategy, managing the company’s financial assets and reporting the financial results of Independent Health and its affiliate companies. Gross succeeds James Dunlop, who was recently elevated from CFO to president for Independent Health as part of the company’s long-term leadership succession planning process. Michael W. Cropp, M.D., will remain as the company’s chief executive officer.

Gross brings more than 25 years of financial experience in the health care field to Independent Health. His professional experience includes serving as vice president and CFO of Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic States, where he was responsible for the financial performance of the $6 billion revenue region with 825,000 members. He led the development of a sound, comprehensive strategic financial plan, and oversaw all aspects of financial management.  

Gross also served as senior vice president of enterprise initiatives & analytics at Highmark Western and Northeastern New York Inc., where he led two divisions, in addition to numerous cross-divisional and corporate-wide initiatives.

“Jared is a creative problem-solver with a deep understanding of all aspects of health insurance,” said Dr. Cropp. “He has a long-term record of success, and he will play a key role in helping to further advance our mission to improve the health and well-being of the entire Western New York region.”

“I am both thrilled and humbled by the opportunity to work with Dr. Cropp and the entire Independent Health family. Their passion and dedication in serving the Western New York community is second to none. As someone proud to call Western New York home for the past 14 years, I look forward to contributing to Independent Health’s long-standing commitment of innovation and service to our community,” said Gross.       

Gross holds a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics from Brown University, and he is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries. He and his family reside in Orchard Park, New York.

About Independent Health:
Independent Health is an independent, not-for-profit health plan headquartered in Buffalo, New York, providing innovative health care products and benefits designed to engage consumers in their health and well-being.  Established in 1980, Independent Health offers a comprehensive portfolio of progressive products including HMO, POS, PPO and EPO products, Medicare Advantage and Medicaid plans, individual Exchange products, consumer-directed plans, health savings accounts, and coverage for self-funded employers.  Our subsidiaries and affiliate companies include a third-party administrator of health benefits, pharmacy benefit management, specialty pharmacy and the Independent Health Foundation. In all, Independent Health and its affiliates serve a total of more than 550,000 lives across the country.

Independent Health has been recognized nationally for its award-winning customer service, dedication to quality health care and unmatched relationships with physicians and providers. To learn more, go to

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