A new year, a new director at MRMIB…

There’s a new MS. MIB! Starting January 1, 2011, Janette Casillas will be the new Executive Director of California’s Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board, or MRMIB (often pronounced “mister mib”).

It’s a big job. Succeeding Lesley Cummings, Mrs. Casillas has been MRMIB’s Chief Deputy Director for 3 years, and has been with MRMIB for 12 years in several capacities, and before that in the Department of Health Services.

MRMIB runs four key programs that provide subsidized health coverage:
* the Healthy Families Program, California’s Child Health Insurance Program (CHIP), that provides coverge to over 800,000 low-income children;
* the Access for Infants and Mothers program (AIM) that covers pregnant women;
and two “high-risk” insurance programs that cover those denied by private insurers because of pre-existing conditions conditions:
* the state’s ongoing Major Risk Medical Insurance Program (MRMIP); and
* the new federally-funded Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP).

In all, MRMIB programs serve nearly 1 million Californians and MRMIB administers more than $2 billion in state and federal funds in the provision of this care.

We look forward to working with Ms. Casillas in the years to come, as the implementation of the new federal health law continues…

Health Access California promotes quality, affordable health care for all Californians.

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