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All Eyes on California After Governor Signs Nation's First State Health Insurance Exchange
Nora Ranney on October 7, 2010 - 1:30pm
Last week, California became the first state to bring its state health exchange into law. Known as the California Health Benefit Exchange, the exchange is expected to be operational by 2014 and cover at least 3 million uninsured Californians. Success of the program depends upon the appointment of a powerful five-member health care oversight board. Board members are politically appointed, serve four-year terms, and are responsible for crafting implementation of the exchanges.
The crucial health care board appointments are made by the Governor (two seats), the Assembly Speaker (one seat) and the Senate President Pro Tem (one seat); the final member will be the incoming governor's Secretary of Health. It remains to be seen whether these appointments are determined by political connections.