L.A. Care Awards & Honors

L.A. Care Awards & Honors

L.A. Care Health Plan has been recognized locally and nationally for its community partnerships, access to care for at risk populations and commitment to preventive health services. A growing list of awards and honors represents the organization's unwavering commitment to its Mission, Vision and Values, and eagerness to provide quality health care for residents of Los Angeles County.

September 2016 - L.A. Care Chief Human Resources Officer, Executive of the Year

The National Human Resources Executive Association named L.A. Care Chief Human Resources Officer, Robert Turner PhD, "The Executive of the Year.


May 2016 - Los Angeles Business Journal CEO of the Year

The Los Angeles Business Journal annual Healthcare Leadership Forum & Awards honors individuals and organizations helping to make strides to deliver better healthcare for Los Angeles County residents. Among the honorees was L.A. Care Health Plan CEO John Baackes, who was named Insurance CEO of the Year.


May 2016 - L.A. Care Ranked Top Health Insurer in L.A. County

L.A. Care Health Plan is the top ranked health insurer with more than 2 million members, which represents a 16% increase in members over a year ago. Based on current membership figures, this makes L.A. Care not only the nation’s largest publicly operated health plan, but also L.A. County’s largest health insurer.


May 2015 - L.A. Care Earns NCQA Distinction in Multicultural Health Care

L.A. Care Health Plan announced it was recently awarded the Multicultural Health Care Distinction from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) for its Medi-Cal and L.A. Care Covered product lines.


May 2013 - L.A. Care Selected For Participation In State's Health Benefit Exchange

L.A. Care Health Plan, the largest publicly operated health plan in the country, is pleased to announce its selection as a Qualified Health Plan (QHP) by Covered California, the state’s health benefit exchange. Established by the passage of federal health care reform, Covered California is creating a new insurance marketplace that will provide individuals and small business throughout the state with greater access, to and choices, in health coverage.


May 2013 - L.A. Care Health Plan Achieves Multicultural Health Care Distinction

Recognized by NCQA for Exemplary care for Diverse and Minority Populations, L.A. Care achieves the Multicultural Health Care Distinction (MHC) from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). The achievement validates that L.A. Care is one of two Medicaid health plans in Los Angeles to earn the distinction, and one of only 11 plans in the country. It was evaluated on how well the organization complied with standards.


June 2012 - L.A. Care Receives Prestigious “Health Care Innovation Award"

In partnership with the California Long-Term Care Education Center, L.A. Care Health Plan, SEIU United Long Term Care Workers (ULTCW), Shirley Ware Education Center (SEIU-UHW), Health Plan of San Mateo, Contra Costa County Department of Aging and Health Services, and the UCSF Center for Health Professions, have been selected by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation to receive a Health Care Innovation Award. The award, given to innovative projects across the country that test creative ways to deliver high-quality health care services and lower costs, will support the partnership’s efforts to better integrate California home-based care providers into the health care system. The award amount is $11,831,445 and is expected to generate a three-year savings of $24,957,836.


May 2012 - L.A. Care Receives National Award for High-Quality Asthma Care

L.A. Care Health Plan has been selected to receive the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 2012 National Environmental Leadership Award in Asthma Management for its exemplary efforts to deliver high-quality asthma care that includes environmental controls.


May 2011 - Partners in Care "Mathies" Award

The Partners in Care Foundation awarded L.A. Care CEO its Mathies award for his significant contributions to providing quality access to health care for low-income families and helping transform the health care system in Los Angeles County.


September 2010 - NCQA "Excellent" Accreditation

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) awarded L.A. Care an Accreditation status of "Excellent." L.A. Care's Accreditation status, the highest possible level, recognizes the high quality care received by L.A. Care's members.


August 2010 – LACDHS 2010 Community Partner Award

The Los Angeles County Department of Health Services (DHS) Rewards and Recognition Program awarded L.A. Care with the "2010 Community Partner Award." Along with DHS, the Office of Diversity & Cultural Competency, and the Diversity Operations Council/LEP Administrators recognized L.A. Care's ongoing support in helping build the DHS' Cultural and Linguistic (C/L) infrastructure to provide services to vulnerable populations in Los Angeles County.


May 2010 - HSAA Leader of Today, Leader of Tomorrow Recognition

The UCLA School of Public Health's Health Services Alumni Association (HSAA) honored Howard Kahn at its 2010 Leader of Today, Leaders of Tomorrow annual dinner. The award recognized Howard's commitment to working with diverse communities, his ability to bridge the public and private sections, and his leadership in overseeing the nation's largest publicly governed managed care organization.


April 2010 - DHS $15.6 Million Award

The U.S. Department of Health Services (DHS) awarded L.A. Care with a $15.6 million grant to establish a Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center (REC), called HITEC-LA. HITEC-LA is charged with helping doctors and primary care providers, purchase, implement and use electronic health records in a meaningful way.


March 2010 - AltaMed Visionary Award

AltaMed honored Howard Kahn, CEO of L.A. Care, with the "Visionary Award" at its 2010 Policy Forum and Odyssey Gala. The award recognized Howard's dedication as a partner with AltaMed in providing quality healthcare to underserved communities in Los Angeles.


February 2016

L.A. Care extends outreach program in the San Gabriel Valley through the Chinese Lunar New Year Festival in Monterey Park.


November 2009 - APHA's 137th Annual Meeting and Exposition

The American Public Health Association's (APHA) 137th Annual Meeting and Exposition accepted four of L.A. Care's innovative practices to be presented at their international convention. The innovative programs included those that provided access to quality health care for the health plan's members and support health care providers who serve these patients.


October 2009 - KHEIR Leadership Award

KHEIR Center honored L.A. Care with a "Leadership Award" for its contributions in the area of public health at the "Increasing Access to Health Care: Faces of Cancer" dinner.


October 2009 - PRSA PRism Awards and Award of Excellence

L.A. Care's Communications and Marketing department won 3 PRism Awards and 4 Awards of Excellence certificates from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), Los Angeles Chapter. PRism Awards recognized L.A. Care's website, logo, and a media tour campaign. Awards of Excellence acknowledged L.A. Care's projects such as the multicultural communications program, the 10-year anniversary report, and the co-marketing creative materials.


October 2009 - LACCOD L.A. County Disability Access Award

The Los Angeles County Commission on Disabilities (LACCOD) awarded L.A. Care with an L.A. County Disability Access Award. The L.A.C.O.D. honored L.A. Care for its Seniors and People with Disabilities (SPD) Initiative, which invested $1.5 million to improve physical access to care, provide health education and conduct community outreach.


October 2009 - NCQA Recognizing Innovation in Multicultural Health Care Award

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) awarded L.A. Care the prestigious "Recognizing Innovation in Multicultural Health Care Award." NCQA recognized L.A. Care's Health Disparities Improvement Project, intended to overcome cultural and language barriers for African-Americans and Latina women by providing access to health care services.


July 2009 - AHIP 2009 Community Leadership Award

America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) Foundation awarded L.A. Care the 2009 Community Leadership Award. This prestigious award recognized L.A. Care's Seniors and People with Disabilities (SPD) Initiative for investing $1.5 million to improve physical access to care, provide health education, and conduct community outreach.


November 2008 - NEVHC 2008 "Health Partner" Award

Northeast Valley Health Corporation (NEVHC) held its 35th Anniversary "Let the Sun Shine In" Gala and Silent Auction where they honored L.A. Care with their 2008 "Health Partner" Award for the health plan's continued support and contributions.