Jack C. Ebeler Named President and CEO of the Alliance of Community Health Plans

Former Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Official to Lead National Alliance of Health Plans

NEW BRUNSWICK, New Jersey, March 21, 2001 –The Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP), the nation’s premier association of non-investor owned and provider-sponsored health plans, has named respected health policy veteran Jack C. Ebeler as its president and chief executive officer. The announcement was made today by Dr. Arthur Goshin, chairman of ACHP’s Board of Directors and president and CEO of Univera Healthcare.

According to Dr. Goshin, “We are excited to have Jack direct the activities of the Alliance. His distinguished healthcare experience and accomplishments, with particular emphasis on public policy, financing and payment issues and clinical improvement, make him an exceptional choice to lead the Alliance.” ACHP will relocate its headquarters to Washington, D.C. later this year.

Prior to joining ACHP, Ebeler was the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s senior vice president and director of the health care group responsible for $200 million in annual grant making. Ebeler’s extensive governmental experience includes positions in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as deputy assistant secretary for health policy and later as acting assistant secretary for planning and evaluation. In addition, he served as special assistant at the Health Care Financing Administration and as a staff member for the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Health and the Environment. During the 1980’s, he was a vice president of Group Health, Inc., a staff/network model managed care plan in Minnesota, which later became HealthPartners.

Ebeler succeeds Daniel B. Wolfson who steps down after 17 years at the organization’s helm. During Wolfson’s tenure, ACHP spearheaded the development of the Health Plan Employer Data and Information Set (HEDIS); created quality improvement efforts throughout its network of plans; pioneered the RxHealthValue coalition to provide independent information on the pharmaceutical industry; and, created the Benchmarks in Quality and Safety (BIQS) program to recognize superior clinical excellence and patient care.

ACHP includes the nation’s leading non-investor owned and provider-based health plans serving more than twelve million Americans in 23 states and the District of Columbia. Established in 1984, ACHP supports its member plans’ continuing efforts to improve the health of their members and communities. Member plans have distinguished themselves through National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) accreditation, and superior scores in both HEDIS and in CAHPs, an industry standardized satisfaction survey.