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June 24, 2011 > Alameda Alliance for Health: 15 years of service

Alameda Alliance for Health: 15 years of service

Submitted By Arika Anderson Daniels

From its debut as the first California health plan to extend Medi-Cal services to underserved populations 15 years ago to its recent expansion of Medi-Cal services for seniors and people with disabilities, the Alameda Alliance for Health (Alliance) continues to adapt to the ever-changing health care landscape.

"Thanks to the dedication of our community partners and the commitment of our staff and board, the Alliance has enhanced the health and well-being of our more than 125,000 members," said Ingrid Lamirault, Chief Executive Officer of the Alliance. "As we look ahead to the next 15-plus years, we remain committed to putting our members' needs first and providing a high standard of health care and other support services in partnership with public and private providers, and health and social service organizations."

California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) expanded Medi-Cal managed care by introducing the "Two-Plan Model" March 1993. In January 1996, the Alliance became the first health plan in California to begin operations under the Two-Plan Model. Local community health plans such as the Alliance have saved money for the State of California by providing Medi-Cal benefits at a lower cost than the Medi-Cal fee-for-service program. More than 69 percent of Californians - about two million people - in Medi-Cal managed care are enrolled in local community health plans.

Today, with the expansion of Medi-Cal, the Alliance is poised to expand its reach to more than 18,000 seniors and persons with disabilities under California's new requirement that this population join managed care plans. In addition, with the advent of health care reform, Alliance anticipates more than doubling its membership in the next two years.

Alameda Alliance for Health (Alliance) is a public, not-for-profit managed care health plan committed to making high quality health care services accessible and affordable to low-income people of Alameda County. For more information, visit or

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