Athena Chapman

Health Policy Expert

Expertise: Health Care, Medi-Cal, Safety Net Providers, Covered California, Managed Care; strategic Planning, organizational support to health care organizations, regulatory affairs

Experience: Vice President of State Programs for the California Association of Health Plans; Medi-Cal Managed Care Division at the Department of Health Care Services; Presidential Management Fellow with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Education: George Mason University - M.P.P.; Phi Beta Delta International Honor Society; University of San Diego – B.A. Sociology; Cum Laude, member Alpha Kappa Delta Sociology Honor Society

Athena Chapman provides strategic planning, meeting facilitation, and organizational support to a variety of health care related organizations, including health plans, non-profits, vendors, and foundations. Chapman has over 12 years of experience helping healthcare related organizations interact with the state and federal government, providers, purchasers, vendors, and other stakeholders.

Previously, Chapman served as the Vice President of State Programs for the California Association of Health Plans (CAHP) where she represented California’s health plans regulated by the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS). In this capacity Chapman worked with various state agencies, including the California Health Benefit Exchange (Covered California), provider organizations, and other stakeholders on regulation development and implementation. Chapman was also the Director of Regulatory Affairs for CAHP for several years where she worked on behalf of CAHP’s members on all regulatory matters involving the Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC).

Prior to joining CAHP in 2012, Chapman worked at the Medi-Cal Managed Care Division at the Department of Health Care Services, focusing on managed care quality, policy, oversight, and contracting. Chapman began her career in health care policy as Presidential Management Fellow with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), where she monitored the effective delivery of managed care programs for Medicaid and Medicare beneficiaries in the western region.

Chapman holds a M.P.P in from George Mason University, where she was a member of the Phi Beta Delta International Honor Society, and B.A in Sociology from the University of San Diego where she graduated Cum Laude and was a member of the Alpha Kappa Delta Sociology Honor Society.