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Steve Schlager Named Senior Vice President and General Manager of Central Pennsylvania for Health Partners Plans

Philadelphia, PA — Steve Schlager, a veteran in the managed care industry, has joined Health Partners Plans as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Central Pennsylvania, reporting to President and Chief Executive Officer William S. George.

Schlager will be responsible for the leadership and oversight of all business activities related to the company’s HealthChoices Medicaid expansion in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh/Capital zone. He will set strategies, lead the implementation of the expansion and oversee ongoing operations in the region. HPP’s HealthChoices agreement in Lehigh/Capital takes effect in January 2019.

Schlager brings almost 30 years of health care leadership experience to HPP. He has a proven track record in a wide array of specialties, including strategic vision, new business implementation, disease management and care coordination, provider contracting and marketing. Over the course of his career, Schlager also acquired extensive experience leading and growing successful Medicaid and Medicare programs. 

Schlager previously served as senior vice president of network development at Coventry Health Care. He also served as chief operating officer of KEPRO, the nation’s largest CMS-designated quality improvement and care management organization. Most recently, Schlager was vice president of payor relations and reimbursement for Pacific Edge Diagnostics USA, which uses cutting edge genomic technology for bladder cancer diagnosis.

“With the Lehigh/Capital expansion, HPP has a huge opportunity to bring its award-winning health care to more Pennsylvanians than ever before. Steve will be crucial in the successful planning and implementation of this new era for the company,” said George.

“I’m honored to join HPP and its Medicaid plan, ranked among the top 15 in the country by the NCQA,” said Schlager. “HPP is nationally recognized for its innovative approach to health care and its profound commitment to its members. I’m looking forward to doing my part to fulfill our mission and bring HPP’s high quality care to the residents of Lehigh/Capital.”

Schlager received his Bachelor of Science from Villanova University before earning a Master of Business Administration from York College of Pennsylvania. He is active with the Trinity High School Athletic Association and as a grade school basketball coach.


Nationally recognized for its innovations in managed care, Health Partners Plans is among the top fifteen Medicaid plans in the country, one of the highest-rated in Pennsylvania and receives strong ratings for member and provider satisfaction according to the National Committee for Quality Assurance’s (NCQA) Medicaid Health Insurance Plan Ratings 2016–2017. Health Partners Plans is a not-for-profit managed health care organization serving more than 276,000 members in Southeastern Pennsylvania and the Lehigh/Capital region. It provides a broad range of health coverage options through Health Partners Medicare, Health Partners (Medicaid) and KidzPartners (Children’s Health Insurance Program) plans. Founded more than 30 years ago, Health Partners Plans is one of the few hospital-owned health plans in the country. Learn more about how Health Partners Plans is doing it right at, and

Monet T. Irving
Director, Corporate Communications