Bright Health Gave CEO $2M Bonus Despite Owing Insurers Millions

Although NeueHealth Inc. — formerly known as Bright Health Group Inc. — still owes a substantial sum of money to health insurers and is struggling to stay afloat, its CEO received a $1.95 million cash bonus last year, according to a new regulatory filing.

“It really is just a mockery of good governance and fairness at this point,” remarks Ari Gottlieb, principal of A2 Strategies and a prominent critic of Bright and other startup “insurtech” firms.

NeueHealth did not respond to AIS Health’s questions about the basis for the bonus earned by G. Mike Mikan, who has served as the firm’s president and CEO since April 2020.

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Leslie Small

Leslie Small

Leslie has been working in journalism since 2009 and reporting on the health care industry since 2014. She has covered the many ups and downs of the Affordable Care Act exchanges, the failed health insurer mega-mergers, and hundreds of other storylines spanning subjects such as Medicaid managed care, Medicare Advantage, employer-sponsored insurance, and prescription drug coverage. As the managing editor of Health Plan Weekly and Radar on Drug Benefits, she writes and edits for both publications while overseeing a small team of reporters who also focus on the managed care sector. Before joining AIS Health, she was a senior editor for the e-newsletter Fierce Health Payer, and she started her career as a copy editor at multiple local newspapers. She graduated with a dual degree in journalism and political science from Penn State University.

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