Ken Janda Elected as Chair, ACAP Board of Directors

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WASHINGTON—The Association for Community Affiliated Plans (ACAP) today announced that Ken Janda, President and CEO of Community Health Choice, was elected as the organization’s next Chair of its Board of Directors. He was elected to a two-year term. Previously, Mr. Janda served as ACAP’s Vice Chair.

Mr. Janda has led Community Health Choice, located in Houston, since 2008. The nonprofit managed care organization provides health insurance plans to low-income families through programs including Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and subsidized individual health plans on the Federal Marketplace. He oversees 700 employees serving more than 400,000 members.

“Safety Net Health Plans—serving more than 20 million members in Medicaid managed care—play an integral role in their community by helping fulfill a wide variety of needs that go beyond health care and help Americans climb up the safety net ladder,” said Mr. Janda. “I’m excited to assume this role and help the Association continue its advocacy efforts in lifting up the country’s most vulnerable populations.”

Mr. Janda possesses strong ties to a variety of organizations in the local Houston community. He sits on the Boards of Directors of Christ Clinic in Katy, Texas; the Katy ISD Educational Foundation; and San Jose Clinic in Houston. Further, he serves on the Greater Houston Partnership’s Health Care Advisory Committee and the Texas Medical Center’s Health Policy Institute’s Executive Committee. Mr. Janda also is part of the Dean’s Advisory Committee to the School of Social Science at Rice University and teaches as an adjunct professor at Jones Business School at Rice University.

“Ken’s steadfast commitment to supporting the safety net make him a natural fit for this position; we look forward to his leadership of our Board over these next two years,” said ACAP CEO Margaret A. Murray. “His deep knowledge and experience in managed care, advocacy, and strategic thinking have added—and will continue to add—creativity as he leads the Board in shaping ACAP’s approach to the changing health policy landscape.”

ACAP also announced the following elections to executive positions on its Board of Directors:

Christopher Palmieri, CEO, Commonwealth Care Alliance, Vice Chair
Kathy Pettway, Senior Director, Priority Partners, Secretary
Mark Carter, CEO, Passport Health Plan, Treasurer
Michael Schrader, CEO, CalOptima, Medicaid Policy Committee Chair
Mark Rakowski, Vice President, Children’s Community Health Plan, Quality and Operations Committee Chair
Hany Abdelaal, President, VNSNY CHOICE Health Plans, Medicare and Managed Long-Term Care Committee Chair
Peter Marino, President & CEO, Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island, Marketplace Committee Chair
Laura Esslinger, CEO, AlohaCare, Strategic Communications Chair
Andrea Gelzer, Senior Vice President & CMO, AmeriHealth Caritas Pennsylvania, At-Large
Linda Hines, CEO, Virginia Premier Health Plan, At-Large

All will serve terms for the 2019 and 2020 calendar years. For more, visit

About ACAP
ACAP represents 60 not-for-profit Safety Net Health Plans in 29 states, which collectively serve more than 20 million people enrolled in Medicaid, Medicare, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and other public health programs. For more information, visit