Local Health Plans Applaud Governor Newsom’s Appointment of Dr. Brad Gilbert as DHCS Director
SACRAMENTO, CA – Today, Brianna Lierman, CEO of 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, praised Governor Newsom’s appointment of new Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) director Dr. Brad Gilbert:
“Dr. Gilbert has the experience, expertise and heart to lead the largest Medicaid program in the nation. Governor Newsom has laid out a bold vision for health care with Medi-Cal at the forefront of this transformation. Brad Gilbert is one of the very few people qualified to lead our health care safety net into the future. Dr. Gilbert’s career has been dedicated to serving the public, as the leader of a local Medi-Cal plan, as a county public health director and as a practicing physician, which will benefit the 13 million Californians with Medi-Cal coverage.”
Local Health Plans of California (LHPC) is a statewide trade association that represents all 16 of the publicly managed, not-for-profit health plans that provide access to critical and comprehensive health care services for low-income populations enrolled in California’s Medicaid program, “Medi-Cal,” in 36 out of 58 counties in the state. With over 10 million enrollees, our plans serve approximately 70 percent of all Medi-Cal managed care beneficiaries. Our member plans cover more lives than 49 other states’ entire Medicaid programs. More here.