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Friday, August 12, 2011


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Governor Taps Attorney for  Managed Health Care Board


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Gov. Jerry Brown yesterday announced his selection of Danville attorney Brent Barnhart to serve as director of the Department of Managed Health Care.

This position, heading a group which describes itself as “a first-in the-nation HMO consumer rights organization,” aimed at helping “California consumers resolve problems with their health plan and works to provide a more stable and financially solvent managed care system,” requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $142,965.

Barnhart, 68, was senior counsel at Kaiser Foundation Health Plan from 1996 to 2009 and a policy committee consultant to the California State Assembly from 1993 to 1996.

He was the legislative affairs director at Blue Cross of California from 1991 to 1993 and senior attorney and legislative advocate from 1983 to 1987.

The attorney served as counsel and secretary at the Association of California Life and Health Insurance Companies from 1987 to 1991 and was the California legislative director of the American Civil Liberties Union from 1975 to 1983.

Barnhart is a graduate of UC Riverside and the Indiana University Indianapolis School of Law, who was licensed to practice in California in 1975.

He is registered decline-to-state.

Shelley Rouillard, 55, of Sacramento has been appointed Barnhart’s chief deputy director.

This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $125,000.

Rouillard has served as deputy director of the Benefits and Quality Monitoring Division at the Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board since 2007. She was program director at the Health Rights Hotline for Legal Services of Northern California from 2006 to 2007 and from 1996 to 2004.

She was chief of health policy at the Office of Health Policy and Plan Administration at the California Public Employee Retirement System in 2005. Additionally, Rouillard was the principal at Rouillard Consulting from 2001 to 2004, served as director of Network Operations at HealthCare Compare Corporation from 1991 to 1996, and was a legislative advocate at the California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation from 1987 to 1991.

Rouillard is a Democrat.


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