Alliance of Community Health Plans Relocates to Washington, D.C.Names Senior Policy and Communications Staff

Washington, D.C. August 31, 2001 – The Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP), which includes the nation’s leading health plans and providers, today announced its relocation to Washington, D.C. from New Brunswick, N.J. and the appointment of two senior staff members.

“This move allows us to continue to support our members in providing quality care and service in their communities, and to bring the message about these outstanding plans to a broader national audience,” said Jack Ebeler, president and chief executive officer of ACHP.

ACHP health plans, non-investor owned and provider-based, serve more than 12 million Americans in 18 states and the District of Columbia. Established in 1984, ACHP supports its plans’ and providers’ continuing efforts to improve the health of their members and communities. These plans have distinguished themselves through the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) accreditation, and with superior scores in both the Health Plan Data and Information Set (HEDISO) and the Consumer Assessment of Health Plan Survey (CAHPS).

ACHP’s new staff will include Patricia Smith, who joins ACHP on October 1 as senior vice president for policy. Smith is currently director of health issues for AARP’s federal affairs department. Smith brings extensive health policy experience to ACHP, having worked for 15 years with Congress and federal health agencies on issues including Medicare, Medicaid, prescription drugs, long-term care, private health insurance and system reform. Before working at AARP, Smith served as director of public policy for the American Association of University Women.

Joining ACHP as vice president of communications is Amy Tucci, who most recently served as director of communications and membership services at the American Public Human Services Association. She also was deputy press secretary for the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Ways and Means, a press secretary for a Florida congressman, and a newspaper reporter and columnist.

ACHP’s move to Washington, D.C. follows Ebeler’s appointment as head of the organization in March. Previously, Ebeler was the senior vice president and director of the Health Care Group of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, focusing on the goals of improving access to care and improving care for people with chronic conditions. He served as Acting Assistant Secretary for Planning an Evaluation for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health Policy, where he led department-wide policy efforts on priority health initiatives. Before serving at HHS, he was the vice president of Minnesota-based Group Health, Inc., now HealthPartners.

ACHP’s Washington, D.C. office is located at 2000 M Street NW, Suite 201. Visit ACHP on the web at##SITE_ROOT##.

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