Press Release

RELEASE — Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Joins ACHP

ACHP grows membership to 20M Americans in 32 states, District of Columbia

Washington (April 2, 2018) – The Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP), a network of nonprofit, provider-aligned, community-based health plans, today announces that Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, based in Wellesley, Mass., joins its membership. The addition of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care brings ACHP’s reach to more than 20 million lives across 32 states and the District of Columbia.

Established nearly 50 years ago, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and its family of companies now serve more than 3 million customers in New England and beyond. The organization joins other ACHP members in their shared dedication to better health outcomes, lower costs and quality care. Harvard Pilgrim advances care in its community through initiatives such as broadening access to behavioral health services through telehealth options and negotiating outcomes-based contracts with pharmaceutical companies that tie payment for medications to results in real-life Harvard Pilgrim patients.

“Harvard Pilgrim’s commitment to social responsibility and innovation aligns with our shared goal of making health care better,” said ACHP President and CEO Ceci Connolly. “ACHP members are working to address our nation’s opioid epidemic on the ground, and that is one area in which Harvard Pilgrim has taken a lead by eliminating copays for opioid overdose medication naloxone. We welcome Harvard Pilgrim to join us as we further our mission to provide high-quality, affordable coverage and care.”

Harvard Pilgrim President and CEO Eric H. Schultz will serve on the ACHP Board of Directors.

“We are excited to join a network of likeminded organizations guiding the industry to higher quality standards and transforming the health of their communities,” said Harvard Pilgrim President and CEO Eric H. Schultz. “ACHP provides the opportunity to collaborate with leaders who share our values, which will help us make a greater impact in the communities we serve.”

To learn more about ACHP and its members, visit www.achp.org.

About Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
Harvard Pilgrim and its family of companies provide health benefit plans, programs and services to more than 3 million customers in New England and beyond. A leading not-for-profit health services company, we guide our members – and the communities we serve – to better health.

Founded by doctors nearly 50 years ago, we’re building on our legacy. In partnership with our expansive network of doctors and hospitals, we’re improving health outcomes and lowering costs through clinical quality and innovative care management.

Our commitment to the communities we serve is driven by the passion of the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation. Through its work, low- and moderate-income families are gaining greater access to fresh, affordable food – a cornerstone to better health and well-being.

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 20 million Americans across 32 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 www.achp.org and follow ACHP on Twitter @_ACHP.