In a new episode of the MediStrategy podcast, Kevin Lewis, CEO of Community Health Options, shares insights on health insurance exchanges and the health plan business under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  In an informative interview with Kip Piper, Mr. Lewis describes what it is like to launch and operate a new, successful health plan in today’s dynamic environment. He shares Community Health Options’ strategic approach to:

  • Competition in the individual, family, and small group employer markets.
  • Marketing and communications.
  • Premiums, including controlling premium increases.
  • Provider networks and protecting patient access.
  • Population health and care management.
  • Health plan operations, including development of internal infrastructure.
  • Governance.

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With 74,000 members, Community Health Options is the Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (CO-OP) serving the individual, family, and small employer markets in Maine and New Hampshire.  Community Health Options is the web at

Kevin Lewis, MPP, one of the nation’s brightest young healthcare executives, joined Community Health Options in April 2012 as its first CEO.  Previously, he was CEO of the Maine Primary Care Association, where he led numerous initiatives to improve health care access for underserved populations and represented Maine’s community health centers.  He also served as director of continuing care at the Maine Hospital Association and as legislative liaison for Wisconsin’s health department.  He has a BA from Dartmouth College, a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Michigan, and is a graduate of UCLA’s Health Care Executive Program.

About MediStrategy Podcast

The MediStrategy podcast covers hot business and policy issues in Medicaid, Medicare, and health reform, with interviews with leaders and experts and insights on health policy, finance, and business strategy.  Health executives, policymakers, entrepreneurs, authors, and other influencers share challenges and opportunities in America’s rapidly changing $3.2 trillion health care system.  MediStrategy is hosted by Kip Piper, a national expert on Medicare, Medicaid, and health reform and prominent consultant, speaker, and author.

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