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ACHP Welcomes New Member Health Alliance

Washington, D.C. (June 28, 2017) – The Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP) is growing its network of nonprofit, community-based, provider-aligned health plans. The organization announced that Health Alliance Medical Plans, the Carle Health System provider-driven health plan, has joined ACHP as its newest member.

Established in 1980 by Carle physicians in Urbana, Ill., Health Alliance is ranked among top-performers by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and has a member-retention rate of more than 90 percent. The health plan is also ranked highest for member satisfaction by JD Power in the Illinois-Indiana region. Health Alliance serves members in five states through partnerships with health care systems and providers who share Carle’s philosophy of delivering accessible, affordable, world-class care in the right place and at the right time. ACHP looks forward to working with Health Alliance to spread innovative ideas in affordability and quality of care.

“At this critical time in the national health care debate, we are thrilled to have Health Alliance join ACHP,” said ACHP President and CEO Ceci Connolly. “Their history of quality coverage and exceptional customer service, as well as their focus on population health, will further ACHP’s mission to improve the health of the communities we serve and actively lead the transformation of health care.”

“ACHP has given a voice to provider-driven health plans in national health policy development,” said James C. Leonard, MD, CEO of Health Alliance and President and CEO of the Carle system. “We’re eager to collaborate with ACHP and like-minded health plans and health systems. We believe this model of alignment between providers and payer is the most effective for ensuring quality outcomes, affordability and an excellent experience.”

Stephanie Beever, Chief Strategy Officer for Health Alliance and the Carle health system, will serve on the ACHP Board of Directors.

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About Health Alliance

Health Alliance is a leading provider-driven health plan, serving more than 250,000 members in Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Ohio and Washington. Health Alliance Commercial HMO/POS plans are rated 4.0 of 5.0 in NCQA’s Private Health Insurance Plan Ratings 2016-2017, and Health Alliance Medicare Advantage HMO plans are rated 4.5 of 5.0 in NCQA’s Medicare Health Insurance Plan Ratings 2016-2017. Additionally, Health Alliance Medicare Advantage health/drug plans received an overall star rating of 4.5 stars from the Medicare Program*.

About ACHP

The Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP) is a national leadership organization bringing together innovative health plans and provider groups that are among America’s best at delivering affordable, high-quality coverage and care. ACHP’s member health plans provide coverage and care for more than 18 million Americans across 27 states and the District of Columbia. These organizations focus on improving the health of the communities they serve and are on the leading edge of innovations in affordability and quality of care, including primary care redesign, payment reform, accountable health care delivery and use of information technology. To learn more, go to and follow ACHP on Twitter.


*Medicare evaluates plans based on a 5-star rating system. Star Ratings are calculated each year and may change from one year to the next.

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