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.
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – September 29, 2020 – Top health professionals on the Central Coast have joined CenCal Health, the local Medi-Cal health plan, in encouraging the public to return to their doctors, clinics and hospitals for vital health care services, especially immunizations, cancer screenings and other preventive care evaluations.
ORANGE, Calif. (September 2, 2020) — Amid the ongoing pandemic, the need for preventive care and vaccinations is unchanged. Yet studies show that many people are postponing routine care that can make a significant difference in overall health. To raise awareness, CalOptima has launched the “Don’t Wait — Vaccinate” campaign, a multipronged effort to ensure members take advantage of no-cost services to stay current with their routine doctor visits and shots.
SANTA BARBARA, Calif – August 10, 2020 – It is
with great sadness that the CenCal Health Board of Directors
recognizes the death of former board member Adam
Hill, San Luis Obispo County Supervisor from the
Rancho Cucamonga, CA, July 2, 2020- Inland
Empire Health Plan (IEHP) and Health Homes Program Physician Dr.
Tarek Mahdi has leveraged telehealth during COVID-19 to continue
providing integrated care for his patients. By connecting with
his patients through telehealth visits, Dr. Mahdi has been able
to maintain care continuity, providing his patients with access
to both behavioral health and primary care services.
(French Camp, CA) – Health Plan of San Joaquin (HPSJ) has
announced that Michael Schrader has joined the
organization as chief executive officer. CEO Schrader has
extensive managed care executive experience, including Medicaid
(Medi-Cal in California) and Medicare for Dual Eligible
Individuals (Special Needs Plan – SNP, and Cal MediConnect). He
comes to HPSJ from CalOptima (Orange County, CA), where he served
over seven years as chief executive officer at the publicly
funded health care plan.
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – May 26, 2020 – CenCal Health, the local
Medi-Cal health plan
for Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties, ranked second in
the Central Coast Best Places to Work list
produced annually by Pacific Coast Business
Times. Determined by an employee survey and other
criteria developed by the business weekly, the full list for 2020
was published Friday.
Rancho Cucamonga, CA, May 18, 2020—COVID-19 is
shining a much brighter light on Mental Health Month this May.
Too many communities are struggling with the psychological and
emotional toll this crisis is presenting.
Now, more than ever, it is important to reassure our community
that there are compassionate people and resources available to
help cope with mental health during this crisis and beyond.
SACRAMENTO, CA — Today, Brianna Lierman, CEO of the Local Health
Plans of California (LHPC), which represents 16 of the
not-for-profit local health plans that serve more than 70 percent
of Californians enrolled in Medi-Cal managed care, made the
following statement in response to Governor Newsom’s May Revision
of California’s 2020-2021 budget proposal:
“The threat of COVID-19 hasn’t passed and is only compounded by a
likely surge in unemployed Californians turning to Medi-Cal and
public services as their sole source of health care.