ORANGE, Calif. (September 20, 2021) — For the first time since
the pandemic began, the National Committee for Quality Assurance
(NCQA) released its national health plan ratings, naming
CalOptima one of the top Medi-Cal health plans in California.
This is the seventh year in a row that CalOptima has earned
recognition for leadership in quality.
SACRAMENTO, CA – As Medi-Cal transforms
through CalAIM and other new Medi-Cal programs and
benefits, Local Health Plans of California (LHPC) is expanding to
provide additional expertise and advocacy for local health
plans. The association is adding two new
Directors to their team. Trong Le is the new Director
of Government Affairs and Jennifer Lopez is filling a new
position for the association as the Director of Health Plan
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – July 26, 2021 – CenCal
Health, the publicly-sponsored health plan for
Medi-Cal in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties, has
received top marks among the nation’s Medicaid plans for
adolescent immunizations and for adolescent weight
assessment according to the 2021 results from Healthcare Effectiveness Data and
Information Set (HEDIS®).
French Camp, California (June 17, 2021) – Health Plan of San Joaquin (HPSJ) this year marks its 25th anniversary while looking back in their newly released Community Report on another successful year of collaborating throughout the community to improve health.
ORANGE, Calif. (May 21, 2021) — To boost access
to COVID-19 vaccines for low-income, hard-to-reach members,
CalOptima partnered with the County of Orange to host the first
of four vaccine events this past Saturday at the CalOptima office
in Orange. Response was strong, and 820 people received a
vaccine. Additional events are scheduled for May 22, June 5 and
June 12. Uniquely targeting the needs of CalOptima members, the
event also included a Resource Fair offering other community
services and health screenings.
SACRAMENTO, CA – Today, the Board of the Local
Health Plans of California (LHPC) announced Linnea Koopmans as
the association’s new Chief Executive Officer. Since stepping in
as interim CEO last February, Koopmans has led LHPC in its
ongoing support of its local member plans as they serve
California’s most vulnerable populations in the state’s Medi-Cal
managed care program.
(FRESNO, CA) – CalViva Health announces a shift in leadership as
its founding Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Greg Hund prepares to
retire and the organization’s long-standing Chief Operating
Officer (COO) prepares to fill the leadership role.
SACRAMENTO, CA – On behalf of the Local Health Plans of
California (LHPC), a group representing 16 of the not-for-profit
local health plans that serve more than 70 percent of
Californians enrolled in Medi-Cal managed care, Interim CEO
Linnea Koopmans offered comment on Governor Gavin Newsom’s
proposal for 2021-22:
SANTA BARBARA, CA – May 3, 2021 – In honor of
National Nurses Week (May 6-12), CenCal
Health is taking the opportunity to publicly
recognize all workers who improve the lives of others through
Scotts Valley, Calif., April 29, 2021 – Central
California Alliance for Health (the Alliance), the Medi-Cal
managed health care plan for residents of Monterey, Merced and
Santa Cruz counties, is proud to announce its collaboration with
Housing Matters, a nonprofit dedicated to finding solutions to
homelessness in Santa Cruz County. The Alliance awarded Housing
Matters two separate grants through its Medi-Cal Capacity Grant
Program, which offers funding to community organizations wishing
to increase access and expand services for Alliance Medi-Cal
L.A. Care is proud to be a key sponsor of the Los Angeles
Business Journal’s 2021 Diversity, Inclusion
+ Equity Symposium & Awards. The two-part virtual event
starts with a series of panel discussions on March 17 and
culminates with an awards ceremony on March 24, where L.A. Care
is nominated for two awards.
CalOptima seniors age 65 or older may receive the COVID-19
vaccine within the next few weeks through the COVID-19 Vaccine
Equity Pilot Program, a joint effort between CalOptima and the
Orange County Health Care Agency.
The COVID-19 Vaccine Equity Pilot Program, designed to improve
direct access to vaccinations for CalOptima members who live in
the hardest-hit communities by the pandemic, was first introduced
by Supervisor Andrew Do and Supervisor Doug Chaffee and approved
unanimously by the Orange County Board of Supervisors on January
SACRAMENTO, CA — On behalf of the Local Health
Plans of California (LHPC), a group representing 16 of the
not-for-profit local health plans that serve more than 70 percent
of Californians enrolled in Medi-Cal managed care, CEO Brianna
Lierman offered comment on Governor Gavin Newsom’s
budget proposal for 2021-22:
The CalOptima Board of Directors approved $45.6 million in funding and programs in response to the ongoing pandemic and start of vaccination efforts. The increased support will reach health networks, providers and nursing homes, and offer incentives to members who receive the COVID-19 vaccine once it is available to them. Vaccine distribution will follow a federally approved phased approach that prioritizes high-risk groups first, followed by the general public later in the year.
Rancho Cucamonga, CA, January 5, 2021— Inland Empire Health
Plan’s (IEHP) Providers shared their experience with the health
plan in this year’s Provider Satisfaction Survey, issuing the
health plan a 96.6% satisfaction score for the year and placing
it in the 99th percentile for Provider Satisfaction nationwide.
And while the high satisfaction rate is inspiring, the plan is
paying close attention to areas and opportunities to better
support their Providers.
ORANGE, Calif. (November 10, 2020) — The
CalOptima Board of Directors appointed Richard Sanchez, REHS,
MPH, as the permanent Chief Executive Officer of the public
agency. He has served in an interim capacity since April. For the
past seven months, Sanchez has guided CalOptima through the
challenges of responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, budgeting in a
changing state economy and ensuring ongoing access to quality
care in an environment shifting to telehealth.
Rancho Cucamonga, CA, November 6, 2020— Loma
Linda University Children’s Hospital and Inland Empire
Health Plan are teaming up to help expectant
mothers understand the issues surrounding pregnancy during
COVID-19. The hospital and health plan will present a free
webinar on Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 5 p.m. via the LLU Children’s
Hospital and IEHP Facebook pages.
(French Camp, CA) – Health Plan of San Joaquin has announced an
expansion of its annual Health Careers Scholarship Program (HCSP)
for promising San Joaquin and Stanislaus county students to help
develop the local healthcare workforce, including future doctors,
nurses and pharmacists.
HPSJ CEO Michael Schrader said, “We believe that during this
pandemic it is even more essential to offer tangible support and
encouragement to nurture this next generation of healthcare
Millions of low-income Californians are about to have their
prescription drug benefit change on Jan. 1, 2021. Yet, you
probably have not heard much about it.
On his first day in office, Gov. Newsom proposed several bold
initiatives to contain the cost of prescription drug prices,
including “Medi-Cal Rx,” a change in how the state administers
the prescription drug benefit for the nearly 11 million Medi-Cal
enrollees who get their coverage through a health plan.