Last week, San Bernardino County First District Supervisor Curt Hagman was named to lead the Inland Empire Health Plan.
The Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) is a nonprofit Medi-Cal and Medicare health plan with a provider network of over 5,000 providers, more than 1,800 employees, serving over 1.2 million residents in Riverside and San Bernardino counties who are enrolled in Medicare programs.
“Health insurance and patient access to health insurance coverage is a significant issue in San Bernardino County,” Hagman said when the appointment was announced. “The IEHP is a valued entity that has been highly effective in delivering medical services to its members, so they can access care when and where they need it—from their primary care physician, to urgent care centers, the 24-hour Nurse Advice Line, and even alerts via mobile phone texts. IEHP provides peace of mind and medical coverage security to those enrolled in their programs.”
Hagman continued, “While I served as vice-chairman of IEHP last year, we were the first health plan in the nation to reach 25,000 enrollees. That is a phenomenal number and serves as a testament to the excellent service this entity provides its membership.”
Hagman assured that under his chairmanship, the Board of Directors “will continue to put our members first and we will as always strive to excel and exceed patient expectations. With so much uncertainty in the healthcare industry, I know the leadership team at IEHP will continue to meet all challenges as we create a healthier, stronger Inland Empire region. Our membership always comes first.”
When commenting on Hagman’s new role, fellow IEHP Board Member and San Bernardino County 5th District Supervisor Josie Gonzales said, “With Curt as Chair, I know we will continue to improve the quality of services we offer to the more than one million lives enrolled at IEHP. His interest in exploring new technologies, such as telemedicine and web-based services, will only enhance access to care. It is an exciting time for IEHP and I am happy to have Curt leading the way as our Chair.”