Major staff changes aren’t just happening at the federal level.
Governor Schwarzenegger has announced big news on health care, effective December 19th.
* Sandra Shewry is leaving her position as the director of the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), to be replaced by David Maxwell-Jolly, PhD.
* Stan Rosenstein is leaving his position as deputy director of DHCS, which includes responsibility for the hugely important Medi-Cal program, to be replaced by Toby Douglas.
This is a big deal. Sandra and Stan have long histories in California health agencies, not just during the whole of the Schwarzenegger era, but previous Administrations as well. Along with Secretary of Health and Human Services Kim Belshe, these are the folks that run Medi-Cal, which provides health coverage to over 6.5 million Californians , and is an integral part of the heath care system on which we all rely.
We wish Sandra and Stan the best in their new endeavors.
We congratulate David Maxwell-Jolly and Toby Douglas on their promotions. Some might question, given the bleak budget times, whether congratulations are in order. But we need people in government who can make the case for the value of these programs and services, as economic and political forces determine whether we have the resources to sustain and expand them. And so despite the bad budget situation, we hope that David and Toby will have the opportunity to make progress, as the conversation on federal and state health reform continues. We’ve worked with them in the past, and look forward to doing so in their new roles.