The California Health Benefits Exchange Board held its first meeting today in Sacramento. The Board, staff, and nearly 100 stakeholders in the audience were well aware of the significance of the meeting, which represents the first official and concrete action toward expanding coverage and extending consumer protections to the 4 million Californians.
- Secretary of Health and Human Services Diana Dooley was elected Interim Chair of the Board.
- The Board voted to apply for the Level II Federal Exchange Establishment Grant, with a goal of submitting on or before a September 30, 2011 submission date.
- The Board created a subcommittee to work with staff on the grant application, and to appoint Kim Belshe to that subcommittee, with room for an additional appointment.
- In closed session, the Board voted to extend a contract offer for the Interim Administrative Officer to perform administrative duties until the search for an Executive Office is complete, to Pat Powers. They also approved a resolution delegating responsibilities to the Interim Administrative Officer, including working with stakeholders.
- The Board created a Search and Recruitment subcommittee and appointed Paul Fearer and Diana Dooley to it.
- They also adopted a meeting schedule for the rest of the year.
- A rudimentary timeline for getting to 2014:
- A presentation on rules governing public meetings, Robert’s Rules and Bagley/Keene
- Review of the responsibilities and duties of the Exchange and it’s board members, notably that they are to “serve the public interest of those seeking coverage in the Exchange” and that they are to work toward the goals of choice, value, quality, and service.
- Review of a proposed discussion schedule for topics to be covered in the meetings leading up to the federal grant application deadline. This will be a useful tool for those following the Exchange once it is finalized.
- Possible topics for future meetings.
The meeting ended 2 hours early, but with the enormity of the task ahead, Board Chair Diana Dooley warned attendees that this was not likely to happen again.