North Carolina Blue Cross CEO resigns after DWI charge

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The chief executive officer of Blue Cross North Carolina has resigned amid pressure from the state’s top insurance regulator after the executive’s DWI charge.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina said in a statement late Wednesday that the health insurer’s board requested and received Dr. Patrick Conway’s resignation. It came hours after the state’s insurance commissioner asked him to step down.

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State Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey said he’d learned of Conway’s arrest from a news report. Causey accused Blue Cross of trying to conceal what happened.

Court records show Conway was charged with driving while impaired and misdemeanor child abuse following a June 22 crash. No one was injured, but Conway’s two daughters were in the car. He has a hearing next month.

Conway issued a statement saying he’s sorry and ashamed about what happened.