Struggling health insurer Bright Health Group Inc. raised eyebrows with its recent announcement that CEO George Mikan III and other top executives earned more than $3.7 million in performance bonuses — despite posting a net loss of more than $600 million last year. The troubled startup insurer is under supervision by at least two state regulators, and one persistent critic of the firm’s executives tells AIS Health, a division of MMIT, that the bonuses are “outrageous.”
Bright’s 2022 Form 10-K, an annual filing all publicly traded companies are required to submit to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), revealed that Mikan received $1.69 million, with other notable officers of the company receiving between $190,115 and $765,000 in bonuses. Each of the executives who were awarded a bonus received the full amount they could have received based on performance incentives. Bright added in the filing that Mikan’s total compensation was $9,993,169, while the median compensation for a Bright employee was $71,500, meaning Mikan earned 140 times the average Bright employee.