Ngan Tran

Ngan Tran is a manager at the Office of Health Care Affordability within the California Department of Health Care Access and Information (HCAI). In this capacity, she leads the Payment Reform Group, tasked with setting statewide goals to promote the adoption of alternative payment models (APMs) and developing standards for APMs to be used by payers and providers during contracting.

Previously, Ngan held the position of senior researcher at the California Research Bureau at the California State Library. In this role, she conducted research and policy analyses for various state entities, including the governor’s office and the
state legislature. In 2022, she published a report, mandated by the California State Legislature (SB 17, Hernandez), which offered a comprehensive overview of prescription drug pricing cost and transparency in California and federal and state legislative efforts to address these costs. Ngan previously contributed her analytical skills to Covered California, where she analyzed rates, membership, and provider networks to ensure consumers’ access to affordable and high-quality health care. Ngan co-authored an article with her professors in the Journal of Happiness Studies, exploring the impact of health insurance coverage on happiness.

Ngan holds a Sociology degree from the University of California, Berkeley and a master’s in public policy and administration from Sacramento State University.