Medicaid Health Plans of America Evolves with New Leadership

WellCare’s Kelly Munson tapped as board chair, CEO Myers announces departure

Washington, DC, September 12, 2018 -- Medicaid Health Plans of America (MHPA), the leading association representing managed Medicaid plans, welcomes new leaders to its board of directors and management team to position the organization and industry for upcoming advocacy efforts. Kelly Munson, executive vice president of Medicaid, WellCare Health Plans, will head MHPA’s board of directors, joined by other seasoned professionals on the board’s new executive team.

Munson, who runs WellCare’s Medicaid line of business — the fifth largest Medicaid plan in the country — has more than 20 years of experience in managed care. Janet Grant, vice president of Aetna Better Health’s Great Plains Region, will assist Munson as board vice chair. Catherine Anderson, vice president of health care policy at United Healthcare – Community & State, who will continue as board secretary, and Marti Lolli, senior vice president of consumer and government markets and chief marketing officer at Priority Health, the new treasurer, fill out the remaining executive slots on MHPA’s board.

Changes at the executive level for the association are also underway with CEO Jeff Myers announcing his departure from MHPA effective October 1 and Francis Rienzo, vice president of advocacy and government relations, serving as interim CEO while the board conducts a wide-ranging search. “These adjustments are part of the natural evolution of the association and we’re grateful for all those whose contributions have brought MHPA to this point,” said Rienzo. “At the same time, we’re excited by the opportunities the new faces will bring. All the pieces are in place for us to tackle the hot-button issues affecting Medicaid enrollees and our plans that serve them, like meaningful Medicaid reform, the health insurance tax,state expansion, and runaway drug prices.”

“As an industry, managed care is committed to helping those Americans most in need,” said Munson. “Each day, we work to help our members overcome barriers to care, while simultaneously improving health outcomes and lowering costs. I thank Jeff Myers for his leadership, and I look forward to working with my MHPA partners to advance solutions that improve the health and wellbeing of millions of Medicaid members across the country.”

About Medicaid Health Plans of America
Medicaid Health Plans of America (MHPA) is the leading national trade association solely focused on representing the universe of Medicaid health plans. MHPA works on behalf of 93 commercial and non-profit plans that serve over 25 million lives in 39 states and Washington, DC. MHPA provides advocacy and research that support policy solutions to enhance the delivery of quality care to disadvantaged Americans. MHPA also holds an annual conference where industry leaders address key issues, discuss solutions, and share best practices. For more information, visit or

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