AUSTIN, Texas: December 17, 2015 — Reflecting its strategic focus on increasing health coverage for Texans while improving access to care, the Texas Association of Community Based Health Plans (TACHP) names Kay Ghahremani Chief Executive Officer effective Jan. 1, 2016. She formerly directed Medicaid programs for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC).
TACHP is an association of 11 non-profit safety net health plans affiliated with health care systems across the state, serving 1.3 million low-income Texans. TACHP members also are some of the state’s Medicaid Managed Care Organizations, which cumulatively have saved Texas more than $10 billion in the last decade.
“TACHP’s non-profit health insurance leaders are keenly focused on improving the health of low income populations via coordinating care and increasing coverage among uninsured Texans,” said TACHP Board President Ken Janda, also President and CEO of member organization Community Health Choice. “Kay Ghahremani brings deep understanding of the regulatory environment for health plans in Texas, as well as seasoned policy insights for low income populations.”
“I’m very excited to join TACHP at this pivotal time,” said Ghahremani. “TACHP member organizations prioritize positive patient outcomes and improving access to care. I’m honored to help lead our push for more coordinated and integrated care, where we connect patients to the right care that comprehensively addresses their health care needs and encourages preventive services that can keep them healthier.”
Most recently, Ghahremani served as the Texas Medicaid Director, heading up operations for the state, providing strategic direction and managing Texas’ relationship with the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Ghahremani’s focus on Texas Medicaid services will help inform her leadership of TACHP.
Ghahremani has 25 years of experience in health care administration and management. She holds a master’s degree in Public Affairs from the Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs.
About Texas Association of Community Based Health Plans
Texas Association of Community Based Health Plans (TACHP) is an association of 11 non-profit safety net health plans affiliated with health care systems. TACHP members all contract with the State of Texas to administer Medicaid Managed Care, serving 1.3 million low-income Texans. Current member organizations include: Community First Health Plans, Community Health Choice, Cook Children’s Health Plan, Driscoll Children’s Health Plan, El Paso First Health Plans, FirstCare Health Plans, Parkland Community Health Plan, Scott & White Health Plan, Sendero Health Plans, Seton Health Plan, and Texas Children’s Health Plan.