Press Release

RELEASE: ACHP Expands Federal Advocacy Team

Adds Veteran Strategists, Lobbyists and Communicators

Washington (April 26, 2019) – The Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP) has added four members to its Washington, DC-based Advocacy team, including: Vice President of External Affairs Tricia Brooks; Director of Legislative Affairs Tricia Barrentine Guay; Associate Director of External Affairs Matt DoBias; and Communications Manager Dan Lemle. The new additions will expand ACHP’s federal advocacy operation and help further develop and execute ACHP’s innovative and patient-centered advocacy agenda.

“We’re thrilled to buttress ACHP’s advocacy efforts with the additions of these dynamic new hires,” said ACHP President and CEO Ceci Connolly. “These individuals share in-depth expertise critical for navigating the current health care landscape and advocating on behalf of our nonprofit members.”

As Vice President External Affairs, Tricia Brooks will lead ACHP’s communications, policy and legislative efforts. Tricia brings deep advocacy experience and strategic acumen to the role, having served as Vice President of Public Affairs at Novo Nordisk and also as Managing Director of Alliance Development at BIO. Additionally, Tricia served as the Director of Government Relations for the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.

In her role as Director of Legislative Affairs, Tricia Barrentine Guay will head ACHP’s outreach to Congress. In the role, Tricia will draw on her bipartisan, bicameral relationships and broad industry knowledge. Previously, Tricia worked as the Director of Federal Government Affairs at WellCare Health Plans. She also has extensive Hill experience, having served as Deputy Chief of Staff for U.S. Congressmen Tim Mahoney and Jim Davis.

As Associate Director External Affairs, Matt DoBias will focus on development of federal advocacy campaigns, targeted communication efforts and member relations. Matt previously served as the Washington Bureau Chief for Modern Healthcare, where he covered the Affordable Care Act and covered Congressional health policy for Politico. Most recently, Matt worked for Health Policy Source Inc., where he helped shape Medicare, Medicaid and ACA-related payment policies on behalf of hospitals, health systems and insurers. He was also an analyst at PwC’s Health Research Institute.

Dan Lemle has joined ACHP as Communications Manager. Dan previously managed events and policy-focused communications for the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB). 

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 nearly 22 million Americans across 34 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 @_ACHP.