Charles Bacchi, a veteran official with the Sacramento-based California Association of Health Plans, will become CAHP’s new president and CEO when Patrick Johnston retires at the end of the year.
Bacchi has been with CAHP for the past eight years, serving as vice president of government relations and most recently as executive vice president.
“Charles has worked on implementation of the Affordable Care Act, including the challenges associated with the creation of Covered California and the expansion of Medi-Cal. He is immensely qualified to lead the primary trade organization representing health plans in the state,” said CAHP board Chairman Paul Markovich, who is CEO of Blue Shield of California.
Bacchi, a native of El Dorado County, also served as a state Senate legislative director and a California Chamber of Commerce legislative advocate.
During his five-year tenure at CAHP, Johnston, 67, helped oversee the sweeping health care coverage changes ushered in by the federal Affordable Care Act.
Prior to CAHP, Johnston spent 20 years as an elected Democrat in the state Legislature, serving San Joaquin County in both the state Assembly and the Senate. He chaired the state Senate Appropriations Committee for six years.
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