Led by a team of experienced health care policy experts,
the Texas Association of Health Plans (TAHP) is the statewide
trade association representing health insurers, Medicaid plans,
Medicare Advantage plans, and other related health care
entities operating in Texas.
For three decades, TAHP has been a leader on issues that improve the accessibility, value, and quality of health care in Texas. Learn how our plans help keep the state healthy.
JAMIE DUDENSING, R.N., B.S.N., MPAff
As an advocate for public and private health plans, Jamie is dedicated to improving access to quality health care for the uninsured and committed to enhancing consumer choice and the affordability of health insurance for all Texans.
Jamie Dudensing is the Chief Executive Officer of the Texas Association of Health Plans. As an advocate for public and private health plans, Jamie is dedicated to improving access to quality health care for the uninsured and committed to enhancing consumer choice and the affordability of health insurance for all Texans.
Jamie, a graduate of both the University of Texas LBJ School of Public Affairs and Texas Tech School of Nursing, began her career in Austin after being recruited to become the Capitol nurse. After gaining a Master’s in Public Affairs from the LBJ School, she served two sessions as the Health and Human Services Budget Analyst on the House Appropriations Committee. She then joined Lt. Governor Dewhurst’s staff, where she first served as Senior Advisor for Budget and Policy. Most recently, Jamie served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Policy Director for Lt. Governor Dewhurst.
With almost two decades of engagement in health care and appropriations policy, Jamie provides TAHP with an extensive record of coordinating legislative strategies, testifying before legislative committees, and working closely with state agency administrators to formulate and implement policy.×
Director of Government Relations
Jason Baxter joined the Texas Association of Health Plans in 2014 after more than a decade in the Texas Senate as a top aide to former Senator Tommy Williams. In that capacity, Jason served as Deputy Committee Director of the Senate Finance Committee where he was responsible for the oversight of all tax policy legislation.
Jason’s service in the Senate provided him with the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships with key legislators and staff members and work on a variety of issues including state budget, taxes, transportation, and insurance.
He is a lifelong resident of Austin and a graduate of Trinity University in San Antonio.×
Deputy Director of Medicaid Policy and Operations
Camryn Burner is the Deputy Director of Medicaid Policy and Operations spent the last seven years at the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, most recently as Senior Advisor for Program Policy within Medicaid and CHIP Services. She is a Licensed Master Social Worker who began her health care career as a Medicaid attendant and case manager.×
Director of Policy and Medicaid Operations
Jessica Lynch brings city, Capitol, state agency, and association experience to TAHP. Prior to joining TAHP, she was the Executive Director of the Texas Psychological Association. She has also worked in External Relations for the Texas Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, addressing fraud, waste, and abuse in Medicaid.
Having worked for both Democrats and Republicans, her final role in the Capitol was Chief of Staff to Representative Cecil Bell, Jr., who at the time, sat on the influential House Appropriations Committee. Jessica then went on to become the first Policy Director for the House Republican Caucus.
Jessica holds a BA in English from Texas State University, where she began her political career as the first student liaison to the San Marcos City Council. She also holds a JD from the University of Texas School of Law.×
Director of Operations
Patti Doner serves as the Texas Association of Health Plans’ Director of Operations, managing all of the association’s quarterly and annual events, including the Medical Directors Forum, the Texas Covered Conference + Expo, regular networking receptions, and member events.
Patti oversees day-to-day operations at the TAHP office, including managing accounts and existing memberships, as well as recruitment of new members. Prior to joining TAHP, Patti worked in the office of Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in the policy division following service in the Texas Senate for Senator Jane Nelson. Patti is a native Texan and resides in San Marcos.×
Erin Jordan is the communications associate for the Texas Association of Health Plans. In that role, she supports our team and helps communicate news about the good work of our membership. A recent Baylor graduate, Erin majored in Journalism with a concentration in public relations and had a variety of internships within the healthcare and creative arts industries.
A native of Austin, Erin enjoys live music, running trails and petting each dog she passes.×
Director of Communications
Alicia Pierce is the communications director for TAHP. Previously, she was the communications director and vice president for marketing at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, the largest state-based think tank in the nation.
She served four Texas Secretaries of State and managed multiple statewide voter education campaigns. Her work is rooted in a strong legislative background. She worked both in the Texas Senate and on Capitol Hill.
A graduate of Abilene Christian University, Alicia received the Gutenberg Award from ACU’s Department of Journalism and Mass Communication.×
Kevin Stewart is an attorney and political consultant based out of Austin. He attended The University of Texas at Austin for both undergraduate and law degrees, focusing his studies on the legislative process and statutory interpretation. His firm specializes in assisting clients with regulatory and legislative issues. Kevin is also the author of the Texas Legislative Law Handbook and a member of the Campaign & Legislative Law Section of the State Bar.×
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Medline Industries, Inc.
Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard, PLLC
Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma America Inc.
Stephanie Muth Consulting
Texas Association of Community Health Plans
Texas Mutual Insurance
Texas Star Alliance
Treaty Oak Strategies
Wild Blue Health Solutions, LLC
Umoja Supply Chain Solutions
Allen HorneAetna/CVS Health
Chris CoffeyMolina Healthcare of Texas
Chris CronnUnitedHealth Group
Craig SmithDriscoll Children’s Health Plan
Frank B. SewallUSAble Mutual Insurance Company
Janel Lujan, LMSWEl Paso First Health Plans, Inc.
Jason NeermanCareSource Bayou Health
Jason GooteeModa Health
Jay HuntHermann Health Solutions, Inc.
Jeffry IngrumScott & White Health Solutions, Inc.
John W. WendlingParkland Community Health Plan
Julie BogoradBright Health Plan
Kandice K. SanaieCIGNA/HealthSpring
Karen LoveCook Children’s Health Plan
Karen ChengSuperior HealthPlan/Centene
Karen HillTexas Children’s Health Plan
Kellie RoseAmeriHealth Caritas
Lisa WrightCommunity Health Choice
Marinan WilliamsSeton Health Plan
Pati McCandlessBlue Cross Blue Shield of Texas
Robert AxelrodOscar Texas
Sharon AlvisCurative Insurance Co
Theresa ScepanskiCommunity First Health Plan
Perla CavazosSendero Health Plans, Inc.
Lisa WrightVice President/President Elect
Kandice SanaieRecent Past President
Craig SmithAt Large Member
Theresa ScepanskiAt Large Member
Pati McCandlessAt Large Member
Chris CronnAt Large Member
Chris CoffeyAt Large Member
David GonzalesAt Large Member