The board of the California Health Benefits Exchange has been operating for a few months with a vacancy in one of its five slots–but that changes today.
Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg announced the selection of Dr. Robert Ross, the CEO of The California Endowment (TCE), as the Senate Rules Committee appointment.
Before coming to the Endowment, where he has served for over a decade, Dr. Ross, of Altadena, was the director of Health and Human Services for San Diego County. Ross lists his party registration as independent. His term on the board will end January 1, 2016. We should note that The California Endowment is a funder of Health Access Foundation, and other allied health and community organizations.
Ross is the Senate’s appointment to the the five-member board, which is also made up of Health and Human Services Secretary Diana Dooley; former chief of staff Susan Kennedy and former Health and Human Services Secretary Kim Belshe, both appointed by former Governor Schwarzenegger; and Paul Fearer, appointed by Assembly Speaker John Pérez.
The next meeting of the Exchange is Tuesday, June 28th, when the board is expected to vote and finalize a grant proposal to the federal government to fund its activities for the next year.