LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Former Congressman Vic Snyder has been named corporate medical director for external affairs at Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

The insurance company says Snyder will participate in the development of medical policy, member benefits and physician and hospital networks.  Arkansas Blue Cross Chief Medical Officer Robert Griffin says Snyder is "uniquely qualified" to help the company understand changes under the new health-care reform.

Snyder, a Democrat, was an outspoken supporter of the health-care reform passed by Congress.

Snyder is a family practice physician from Little Rock who also holds a law degree. He did not run for re-election last year and was succeeded by Republican Tim Griffin in the House of Representatives. 

Arkansas Blue Cross and its affiliates have more than 2,700 employees.