California Healthline: Senate Bill To Alter Exchange Board Gets Altered, Passes Committee

by David Gorn

The Senate Committee on Health this week passed a measure aimed at broadening the diversity of Covered California’s board of directors.

One week after being shelved and almost rejected in a previous Senate health hearing, a revised version of SB 972 by Sen. Norma Torres (D-Pomona) was resurrected Wednesday.

The new bill drops a requirement to expand the board from five to seven members, but keeps the addition of four areas of expertise for board-member qualifications — including experience in enrollment assistance with priority given to those with cultural and linguistic competency.

“The primary objective of my bill is to diversify the expertise of Covered California’s board of directors,” Torres said. “There is plenty of empirical evidence proving that diversity brings strength to a board.”

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