Local Health Plans of California name Linnea Koopmans as new CEO
Friday, the Local Health Plans of California (LHPC) announced Linnea Koopmans as the association’s new Chief Executive Officer. Koopmans has served as interim CEO since last February.
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LHPC represents all 16 of the non-profit, community-based local health plans in California, which provide health coverage to more than 70% of the 11.3 million members enrolled in Medi-Cal managed care. Liz Gibboney, board chair of LHPC and CEO of Partnership HealthPlan of California, said:
“The LHPC Board is thrilled to name Linnea as the association’s next CEO. She has deep Medi-Cal policy experience, is an excellent communicator, and is firmly committed to the local plan model. We know that she will lead the association through the extraordinary opportunities offered through the CalAIM waiver process.”
Linnea first joined LHPC in 2018 as Government Affairs Director, and worked closely with the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), Department of Managed Health Care and the California Legislature to advocate for local plans. In that role, she has helped lead the organization on major Medi-Cal-related initiatives, including CalAIM, Medi-Cal Rx and local plans’ community and provider support during the pandemic.
Koopmans’ appointment comes during an important and significant time for the Medi-Cal program, as the state continues to develop CalAIM, DHCS’s multi-year initiative to improve the quality of life and health outcomes of Medi-Cal beneficiaries through delivery system, program and payment reform. Koopmans said:
“My career-long commitment to serving vulnerable populations has prepared me to lead local plans as Medi-Cal transforms into a program with a holistic view of health while also addressing long-standing health disparities. Since joining LHPC, I have witnessed the unique value offered through the local plan model, which extends beyond their Medi-Cal enrollees and is evident through a deep investment in their broader community.”
Previously, she worked for the County Behavioral Health Directors Association as the organization’s expert on California’s Medi-Cal waivers and supported county policy and legislative behavioral health priorities. She also worked for Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health on ACA implementation and began her career in housing and homelessness.