Manatt Supports Launch of Two Startup Medicare Advantage Health Plans in California

Manatt provided corporate and regulatory counsel to startup Medicare Advantage health plans Astiva Health, Inc., and Brandman Health Plan, Inc., as they obtained the financing, Knox-Keene licenses and Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services contracts needed in order to officially launch in California on January 1, 2021.

The firm’s representation of Astiva Health included creating a startup private equity fund structure, completing a private placement raising more than $25 million, advising the plan on all aspects of Knox-Keene licensure requirements, preparing and submitting license applications, and providing the critical regulatory counsel before CMS and the California Department of Managed Health Care needed to ensure a successful launch. The firm represented Brandman Health Plan before the DMHC and CMS, and advised on structuring, network development, MSO services, regulatory, and corporate and tax exemption issues.

Manatt Health partner Paul Carr-Rollitt led a team of attorneys representing Astiva and Brandman in their launches. He was supported by partner Steve Chiu on regulatory matters, counsel Adam Finkelstein on Medicare Advantage issues, associate Nioura Ghazni on corporate law questions, as well as partner Megan Christensen and attorney Jonathan Weiss on corporate and tax exemption issues.

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