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Recent Press Releases

CAHP Statement: CAHP Names New Vice President of Communications

May 18, 2017

The California Association of Health Plans (CAHP) today announced that Mary Ellen Grant has joined its staff as Vice President of Communications. She will lead communications efforts on behalf of the 49 full-service health plans CAHP represents. 

"California's health plans play a crucial role in improving the quality and affordability of health care in our state, and through her considerable experience in communications and media relations, Mary Ellen will build upon CAHP's successful track record of helping the media and policymakers better understand the value plans provide," said Charles Bacchi, President and CEO of CAHP. "I am pleased to welcome Mary Ellen Grant to the CAHP team." more >>>

CAHP Statement: California Senate Votes on Widely-Supported Drug Price Transparency Bill

April 19, 2017

The California State Senate Committee on Health is set to vote today on SB 17, which responds to growing concerns over the impacts of drug companies’ efforts to push the limits on prescription drug prices that have left California families and state programs grappling with the realities of six-figure price tags for common medications.more >>>

CAHP Statement: Health Plans Statement on SB 17 (Hernandez)

March 15, 2017

State Senator Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina) was joined by consumer advocates, labor representatives and other California leaders today as he introduced SB 17, which will bring much-needed transparency to prescription drug pricing. The introduction of SB 17 marks the third time in three years that California legislators have pushed to shine a light on how the pharmaceutical industry prices its products. more >>>

CAHP Statement: Health Plans Statement on SB 17 (Hernandez)

March 15, 2017

State Senator Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina) was joined by consumer advocates, labor representatives and other California leaders today as he introduced SB 17, which will bring much-needed transparency to prescription drug pricing. The introduction of SB 17 marks the third time in three years that California legislators have pushed to shine a light on how the pharmaceutical industry prices its products. more >>>

CAHP Statement: Response to State Budget Proposal

January 10, 2017

In his proposed budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year, Governor Brown proposes elimination of the pilot project known as the Coordinated Care Initiative (CCI), which coordinates a range of health care, home and community supports through managed care plans in seven counties. However, some components of the CCI are extended, including coordinated care through Cal MediConnect, integrating long-term services and supports into managed care, as well as mandatory enrollment of dual eligibles. (See Governor’s Budget, pages 54-56.

California Association of Health Plans President and CEO Charles Bacchi offered comment in response to the Governor’s budget announcement today. more >>>

CAHP Statement: Support of Joint Resolution on EpiPen Price Spike

August 30, 2016

California State Senator Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina) today issued Senate Joint Resolution 29, urging Congress to investigate pharmaceutical company Mylan after it unnecessarily raised the price of EpiPens more than 500 percent. Pharmaceutical companies like Mylan continue to operate in a black box, setting prices with no transparency despite widespread support for bills like Sen. Hernandez’s SB 1010 – recently placed on the inactive file – that would take the secrecy out of drug pricing.

Following the resolution’s introduction, California Association of Health Plans President and CEO Charles Bacchi issued the following statement... more >>>

CAHP Statement: Drug Pricing Transparency Legislation SB 1010

August 17, 2016

Following Senator Ed Hernandez’s announcement on his bill, SB 1010, California Association of Health Plans President and CEO Charles Bacchi issued the following statement... more >>>

CAHP Statement: CAHP Names Vice President of State Programs

August 12, 2016

The California Association of Health Plans (CAHP) today announced Athena Chapman’s promotion to Vice President of State Programs. She will lead CAHP’s advocacy efforts related to government health coverage programs. more >>>

CAHP Statement: Health Plan Statement on 2017 Covered California Rates

July 19, 2016

Covered California today announced health insurance rates for 2017, citing an average statewide increase of 13.2 percent as the exchange moves into its fourth year of operation. more >>>

CAHP Statement: Federal Approval of New MCO Tax

May 17, 2016

Following news of federal approval of California’s newly revised managed care tax, the California Association of Health Plans (CAHP) President and CEO Charles Bacchi offered the following comment... more >>>

Release: Influential California Health and LTSS Advocates Form Californians for Coordinated Care,” a Coalition to Bring Together Pieces of Fragmented Health Care System

March 18, 2016

Today, a broad range of California health providers, consumer advocates and health plans announced the formation of the Californians for Coordinated Care coalition, working to improve care and lower costs through the Coordinated Care Initiative. more >>>

CAHP Statement: California Association of Health Plans Applauds Passage of MCO Tax Package

February 29, 2016

California Association of Health Plans President & CEO Charles Bacchi issued the following statement on passage of the MCO Tax by the California State Senate and Assembly ... more >>>

CAHP Statement: California Health Plans Support MCO Tax Legislation

February 10, 2016

Today the California Association of Health Plans (CAHP) announced its support for SBx2 15 (Hernandez) and ABx2 20 (Bonta), which establishes a new managed care organization (MCO) tax that meets new federal requirements to bring critical federal funds to the state supporting our growing Medi-Cal population. more >>>

CAHP Statement: California Association of Health Plans Response to State Budget Proposal

January 7, 2016

California Association of Health Plans President & CEO Charles Bacchi issued the following statement on today’s release of the 2016-2017 state budget proposal... more >>>

CAHP Statement: Pharmaceutical Industry Practices, Price Hikes Under Federal Scrutiny

December 9, 2015

The U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging is holding a hearing today examining dramatic price increases on prescription drugs. Drug companies have been in the hot seat this year for setting record-high prices, yet we continue to see prices rise at unsustainable rates for both old and new drugs. Publicly funded health care programs like Medi-Cal and Medicare, employers and taxpayers are facing substantial financial impacts. We need to collectively push back on high prices, and establish a standard of transparency in drug pricing to effectively address this growing problem.  

California Association of Health Plans President and CEO Charles Bacchi issued a statement in advance of the hearing. more >>>

CAHP Statement re: MCO Tax

September 11, 2015

California Association of Health Plans President and CEO Charles Bacchi offered comment on the status of MCO tax discussions. more >>>

CAHP Statement: 2016 Health Insurance Rates Remain Low Under Covered California

July 27, 2015

Covered California today announced health insurance rates for 2016, with a statewide average increase of just 4 percent, a dip from last year’s increase of 4.2 percent. Many consumers will see their premiums stay the same or even go down, according to Covered California.  Single-digit premium changes reflect strong competition in the marketplace, which is helping to keep rates low as California moves into its third open enrollment period in the exchange. more >>>

CAHP Statement: New Analysis Reveals High-Priced Hepatitis C Drugs Could Have Costly Impact on State

June 30, 2015

A new analysis and infographic released today estimate California’s exposure to highpriced Hepatitis C medications could range from hundreds of millions of dollars, even if only 5 percent of Californians infected with Hepatitis C receive treatment through state programs. The analysis, which looks at the costly impact of new Hepatitis C treatments on public programs, comes at a time when state and federal agencies grapple with hefty price tags for drugs like Gilead Sciences’ Harvoni and Sovaldi. more >>>

What Others Are Saying About High-Priced Drugs

June 30, 2015

CAHP Statement: May Budget Revise Highlights Impact of High-Priced Hepatitis C Drugs

May 14, 2015

California Governor Jerry Brown today released a revised version of the state’s 2015-16 state budget, which sets aside hundreds of millions of dollars solely for the use of Hepatitis C drugs. The revised budget allocation, as well as the establishment of two workgroups examining avenues for savings, is a clear sign the state of California is making high priced drugs a priority for the current and future budgets. more >>>

CAHP Statement: California Association of Health Plans Expands Team

April 14, 2015

The California Association of Health Plans (CAHP) today announced the hiring of three new members to their policy staff, Jennifer Gabales as a Legislative Advocate, Wendy Soe as Director of Regulatory Affairs, and Elizabeth Evenson as State Programs Analyst. more >>>

CAHP Statement: Health Care Leaders Call for Sustainable Pricing as Senate Health Committee Shines Spotlight on Six-Figure Specialty Drugs

February 4, 2015

California legislators are examining escalating prescription drug costs and the flurry of new six-figure priced drugs at a State Senate Committee on Health hearing today. Medications like Gilead Sciences’ Sovaldi have made headlines not only for the efficacy in treating Hepatitis C, but for their hefty price tags that threaten to destabilize our health care system, public programs and state budgets across the nation. more >>>

CAHP Statement: Covered California’s High Rate of Renewals

January 2015

Following Covered California’s release of data showing the high percentage of enrollees renewing coverage for 2015, California Association of Health Plans President and CEO Charles Bacchi issued the following statement. more >>>

CAHP Statement: Jennifer Kent’s Appointment as DHCS Director

January 2015

Following Governor Brown’s appointment of Jennifer Kent as the Director of the Department of Health Care Services, California Association of Health Plans President and CEO Charles Bacchi offered the following statement. more >>>

CAHP Statement: CAHP Names Vice President of Legislative Affairs and Director of State Programs

January 13, 2015

CAHP today announced that long-time Director of Legislative Affairs Nicholas Louizos was promoted to Vice President of Legislative Affairs and Athena Chapman is now serving as CAHP’s new Director of State Programs, moving from her role as Director of Legal and Regulatory Affairs. more >>>

CAHP Statement: Joint Statement on Governor Jerry Brown’s State Budget Proposal

January 9, 2015

The proposed 2015-16 state budget unveiled by Gov. Jerry Brown included a newly structured managed care tax. California Association of Health Plans President and CEO Charles Bacchi and Local Health Plans of California Executive Director Jennifer Kent issued the following statement concerning today’s budget unveiling. more >>>

 

CAHP Statement: Governor Brown Highlights Hepatitis C Medications as Costly New Impact on California Budget

January 9, 2015

“Setting aside hundreds of millions of dollars in the state budget for high-priced prescription drug costs is prudent, but those costs may only be the tip of the iceberg. The high rates of Hepatitis C infections coupled with six-figure prices for new drugs will soon become a budget buster across state programs. These drug prices are unsustainable, and it’s more important now than ever to be working towards an affordable, sustainable health care system." more >>>

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