Jul 25 2017
Breaking News: OC Board of Supervisor Delays Vote that Could Change CalOptima Board
This morning, the OC Board of Supervisors heard a second reading for policy amendments that, for the third time since 2011, would change the makeup of the CalOptima Board of Directors to add all five Supervisors. During the meeting, an amendment was introduced that would change the proposed policy’s efficacy to Jan. 1, 2018, and therefore the Board of Supervisors opted to hear it again on August 8. OCBC submitted a letter of opposition to Chairwoman of the County Board of Supervisors, Michelle Steel, to oppose the changes. Additionally, OCBC offered its support behind SB 4, which would codify the existing CalOptima Board composition prescribed in the Orange County Health Authority Ordinance and reflects a balance of public, consumer and provider representatives. OCBC seeks continuity and stability in CalOptima, which is funded by state and federal dollars.
CalOptima is responsible for coordinating healthcare for Orange County’s 800,000 Medi-Cal members by arranging care through 7,200 primary care and specialist physicians, 30 hospitals, and 35 community health centers. To ensure that the board make-up remained in-tact, OCBC supported a state legislative measure, SB 4, to protect the county’s most vulnerable residents and preserve consumer protection for which CalOptima has been nationally recognized. The legislation, authored by Senator Tony Mendoza, supported by the county’s leading health care providers, and sponsored by the Orange County Taxpayers Association, will guarantee that consumers will be protected and not pulled into a political quandary. For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, OCBC Vice President.