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Media Relations Staff Contact:

Voice:  (916) 445-7442
FAX:    (916) 322-2579

E-mail: media@dmhc.ca.gov

Mailing Address:

California Department of Managed Health Care
980 9th Street, Suite 500
Sacramento, CA 95814-2725


2017 Press Releases

October 6, 2017 - DMHC Director Rouillard Issues Statement on Federal Regulations Regarding Contraception Coverage

July 18, 2017 - DMHC, Kaiser Reach Agreement to Address Access to Behavioral Health Care Services


2016 Press Releases

November 14, 2016 - DMHC announces 2016 “Right Care Initiative” award recipients 

November 10, 2016 - DMHC Fines Anthem Blue Cross $650,000 for Pattern of Grievance System Violations

October 6, 2016 - DMHC Launches Health Plan Dashboard, Making Data & Information More Transparent, Accessible

August 1, 2016 - DMHC Director Rouillard Issues Statement on Provider Directory Non-Routine Survey Follow-Up Reports for Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield of California

June 20, 2016 - DMHC Approves Aetna's Acquisition of Humana

May 3, 2016 - DMHC Fines Anthem $415,000 for Grievance System Violations

March 22, 2016DMHC Approves Centene’s Acquisition of Health Net


2015 Press Releases   

November 5, 2015 -  DMHC announces 2015 "Right Care Initiative" award recipients 

November 3, 2015 - DMHC Fines Blue Shield and Anthem for Inaccurate Provider Directories

October 8, 2015 - Department of Managed Health Care Approves Blue Shield Acquisition of Care 1st

July 16, 2015 - Department of Managed Health Care Declares Premium Rate Increase by Aetna Unreasonable 

May 6, 2015 - Department of Managed Health Care Declares Premium Rate Increase by Aetna Unreasonable 

February 24, 2015 - DMHC Issues Follow-up Report on Kaiser’s Behavioral Health Services 


December 19, 2014 - Department of Managed Health Care Declares Premium Rate Increase by Aetna Unreasonable 

October 23, 2014DMHC announces 2014 "Right Care Initiative" award recipients 

May 6, 2014Department Appoints Conservator to Oversee Alameda Alliance for Health Due to Ongoing Financial Solvency Issues

January 7, 2014Department of Managed Health Care Orders Southwest Trauma Medical Associates to Stop Illegal Balance Billing


2013 Press Releases

December 5, 2013Department of Managed Health Care Director Shelley Rouillard issues statement on permanent injunction granted in People v. Martello

November 18, 2013DMHC Issues Cease and Desist Orders Against Health Net, Anthem Blue Cross, and Blue Shield for the Unlawful Denial of Medically Necessary Therapies

October 29, 2013 - DMHC announces 2013 "Right Care Initiative" award recipients

October 23, 2013 - Governor Brown Appoints Shelley Rouillard as Next Director of the Department of Managed Health Care

August 27, 2013DMHC Secures Agreement with United HealthCare to Provide Medically Necessary Speech Therapy 

July 15, 2013 - DMHC Finds Covered California Proposed Health Plan Rates Not Unreasonable 

June 25, 2013DMHC Fines Kaiser $4 million for Deficiencies that Limit Access to Mental Health Services 

April 24, 2013DMHC Secures Agreement with Anthem Blue Cross to Pay Health Care Providers 

April 16, 2013DMHC Appoints Consumer Advocate to Financial Solvency Standards Board 

March 6, 2013Department of Managed Health Care Declares Health Plan Rate Increases by Blue Shield and Aetna Unreasonable

February 26, 2013California Department of Managed Health Care Renews Statewide Partnership to Help Californians Struggling with Health Care Coverage

February 14, 2013Provider Complaint Unit Address Change


2012 Press Releases

December 4, 2012DMHC announces the new online Independent Medical Review/Complaint Form

October 18, 2012Infographic: Department of Managed Health Care by the numbers

October 2, 2012DMHC announces "Right Care Initiative" award recipients

August 27, 2012California Receives $4.6 million to Enhance Health Care Consumer Assistance Program

August 16, 2012DMHC Releases Affordable Care Act Toolkits for Californians

July 16, 2012DMHC Orders Anthem Blue Cross to Stop Attempting to Collect Millions from California Health Care Providers They Claim were Overpaid

June 29, 2012 - Department of Managed Health Care Director Brent Barnhart issues statement on Supreme Court Ruling 

June 13, 2012 - Department of Managed Health Care Director Brent Barnhart issues statement on preliminary injunction granted in People v. Martello

May 25, 2012DMHC Secures Agreement with Kaiser Health Plan to Provide Medically Necessary Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy 

May 25, 2012Department of Health Care Services Notifies Medi-Cal Community Dental Enrollees of Transfer to Liberty Dental

April 2, 2012California Department of Managed Health Care Awards Grant to Consumers Union to Improve Accountability and Transparency in Health Plan Rate Setting

February 27, 2012 - DMHC Issues Cease and Desist Order Against Kaiser Health Plan Due to Denials of Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy

February 21, 2012California Department of Managed Health Care Launches Statewide Partnership to Help Californians Struggling to Secure Health Care Coverage

January 30, 2012 - Department of Managed Health Care Convenes Autism Advisory Task Force

January 12, 2012 - DMHC Orders Anthem Blue Cross to Pay Health Care Providers for Services Dating Back to 2007

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2011 Press Releases

October 12, 2011 - DMHC Bars Unlicensed Health Insurance Agent from Selling Medicare Advantage Plans, Director Offers Tips to Avoid Deceptive, Misleading and Aggressive Sales Tactics Illegal under California Law 

October 6, 2011DMHC announces “Right Care Initiative” award recipients

October 4, 2011DMHC announces senior staff appointment

August 25, 2011 - Department of Managed Health Care issues statement on ruling in California Association of Health Plans vs. Lucinda Ehnes 

August 15, 2011 - DMHC releases Request for Proposals for Consumer Assistance Program Partner Grants totaling $1.6 million 

August 11, 2011 - Governor Brown Announces DMHC Appointments

August 5, 2011 - California’s Independent Medical Review Process for Denials of Care Meet Highest Federal Healthcare Reform Standard 

July 19, 2011 - DMHC secures agreement with Anthem Blue Cross to expand coverage for autism treatments

July 14, 2011 - DMHC secures agreement with Blue Shield of California to expand coverage for autism treatments

April 29, 2011 - Kern Health Systems request for lower standards to provide timely care to patients denied

April 29, 2011 - DMHC declares May 1 Anthem Blue Cross rate increase unreasonable

April 19, 2011 - DMHC questions recent Blue Shield individual rate increase calculations averaging 37.5 percent

April 7, 2011 - DMHC asks Anthem Blue Cross to explain why rate increases for approximately 120,000 enrollees in individual coverage policies are justified

March 14, 2011 - Health Net Security Breach May Affect California Enrollees

April 7, 2011 Director's Letter - 6 - K Information Security

February 15, 2011 - Critical New Window To Sign Up For Children's Health Insurance Highlighted

January 4, 2011 - Court rules in favor of DMHC consumer protections for patients with autism


2010 Press Releases

December 29, 2010 - New rules making California the first state in the nation to shorten the waiting time for an appointment take effect mid-January

November 29, 2010 - DMHC announces nearly $5 million in health plan fines for improper payment of provider claims

October 21, 2012 - DMHC announces Financial Solvency Standards Board Meeting on 11/03/2010 

October 20, 2010 - DMHC announces Right Care Initiative awards 

October 29, 2010 - California awarded $3.4 million to assist consumers to learn about and enroll in programs under federal health care reform

September 8, 2010 - DMHC Releases Ten Year Report on Health Care Consumer Protections

August 16, 2010 - California awarded $1 million rate review grant

August 11, 2010 - Federal Trade Commission takes action against HealthcareOne LLC

July 13, 2010 - DMHC bars Folsom health insurance agent from selling Medicare Advantage plans

July 8, 2010 - DMHC appoints expert panel to study impact of health care reform on California health plans and providers

July 7, 2010 - Federal rate review grant application submitted by Schwarzenegger Administration

June 22, 2010 - DMHC announces appointment of Chief of Enforcement

May 24, 2010 - DMHC settles lawsuit against Prime Healthcare to remove last challenge to state ban on balance billing of patients

March 17, 2010 - DMHC Issues Sanctions Against Predatory Health Insurance Agent

March 15, 2010 - DMHC Announces Help Center Appointment

March 10, 2010 - DMHC Actions to Curb Rescission Activities

February 22, 2010 - DMHC Moves to Protect Consumers By Licensing Discount Health Card Companies

January 20, 2010 - The Doctor Will See You Now! - California shortens wait times for patient appointments

2009 Press Releases

November 17, 2009 - DMHC given ACE award for employment of persons with disabilities

September 22, 2009 - Wind Youth Services Press Release: WIND Youth Services Awarded $400,000 Grant from UnitedHealth Group / PacifiCare to Continue the Creation of a Personalized Information System for Homeless and Marginalized Youth in Sacramento County

July 30, 2009 - DMHC Orders Discount Health Card Companies to Stop Selling in California

July 7, 2009 - DMHC gains lifetime ban against insurance brokers from selling health coverage in California

June 30, 2009 - DMHC issues statement regarding Consumer Watchdog legal action on health care coverage for persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder

June 12, 2009 - Updated regulations to cut patient appointment waiting time released

June 11, 2009 - DMHC licenses first medical discount health plan in California

March 30, 2009 - Local healthy lifestyles program for non-English speakers unveiled

March 13, 2009 - DMHC Announces Senior Staff Appointment

March 9, 2009 - State Office Closure

February 18, 2009 - DMHC Announces Grant to Provide Better Health Care for Patients throughout Los Angeles County via Health Information Technology

January 27, 2009 - $5.7 Million in Grants Awarded for Innovative Projects to Improve Health Information Technology, Targeted at Underserved Areas

January 16, 2009 - DMHC implements secured email system

January 12, 2009 - DMHC announces language assistance services for health plan members who speak little or no English

January 8, 2009 - DMHC Director Issues Statement on California Supreme Court Ruling Forbidding Balance Billing of Health Care Consumers

2008 Press Releases

December 22, 2008 - DMHC Announces Logo Changes

December 3, 2008 - DMHC ban on balance billing of consumers affirmed by court

December 1, 2008 - DMHC announces senior staff appointment

November 18, 2008 - Health care help for California wildfire victims

October 29, 2008 - DMHC announces first “Right Care Initiative” award recipients

October 14, 2008 - Regulations take effect outlawing the practice of “balance billing” for emergency care

August 12, 2008 - DMHC sends out first round of notifications offering coverage to rescinded consumers

August 1, 2008 - DMHC Builds on Efforts to Protect Patients from Unfair and Unexpected Bills

July 21, 2008 - DMHC requests help from Health Plans to aid fire victims

July 19, 2008 - DMHC Announces Grant to Provide Better Health Care for California Farmworkers through Personal Health Cards

July 17, 2008 - DMHC Director Ehnes issues statement regarding settlement with Anthem Blue Cross to offer coverage to 1770 formerly rescinded members

July 17, 2008 - DMHC secures coverage for 450 rescinded members of Blue Shield of California; subject to a total of $5 million fine

July 1, 2008 - DMHC Seeks Court Action to Prevent Prime Healthcare from Balance Billing any HMO Member

June 18, 2008 - Department of Managed Health Continues Landmark Efforts to Extend Coverage to Consumers Stripped of Health Coverage

May 7, 2008 - DMHC Director Cindy Ehnes named the 2008 Public Administrator of the Year

March 19, 2008 - DMHC announces $500,000 grant to educate health care consumers about their right to treatment, prescription drugs

March 5, 2008 - DMHC attorney Pat Sturdevant named the 2008 Attorney of the Year in the healthcare category by California Lawyer magazine

February 26, 2008 - Public Education Campaign Targets High Price of Dental Coverage

January 29, 2008 - DMHC and CDI Take Historic Joint Action Against PacifiCare to Halt Bad Claims Payments

January 18, 2008 - More than $6 Million in Grants Awarded for Innovative Projects to Improve Health IT, Targeted at Underserved Areas

2007 Press Releases

December 5, 2007 - Public Education Campaign Targets High Price of Dental Coverage

November 27, 2007 - Department of Managed Health Care Announces Senior Staff Appointment

November 15, 2007 - Department of Managed Health Care fines Health Net for not disclosing bonus program for employees considering cancellation of health policies

October 26, 2007 - DMHC gains agreement from Blue Cross to stop use of unfair negotiating tactics with hospitals and health care providers

October 23, 2007 - DMHC releases plan to end illegal health insurance rescissions

August 20, 2007 - DMHC Announces Deputy Director Appointment

July 26, 2007 - DMHC releases report on Kaiser quality assurance programs

July 9, 2007 - DMHC to hold public meeting to examine Blue Cross of California merger agreements

June 5, 2007 - DMHC negotiates agreement extending time for new Blue Cross of California doctor payments to go into effect

May 17, 2007 - DMHC orders PacifiCare of California to let its members remain with the Sequoia Network

April 23, 2007 - New life for California kidney transplant patients

March 22, 2007 - DMHC fines Blue Cross of California for illegally rescinding health insurance policies

March 9, 2007 - DMHC Announces Senior Staff Appointments

March 1, 2007 - Language assistance now a reality for limited-English speaking California HMO members

February 1, 2007 - $1 Million Mark in Recovered Payments for Health Care Providers Reached by DMHC

2006 Press Releases

October 12, 2006 - DMHC Licenses First Discount Health Card Plan in California

September 21, 2006 - Blue Cross of California Fined by State for Wrongly Rescinding A Patient's Health Insurance Policy

August 10, 2006 - DMHC Requires Kaiser Foundation Health Plan to Pay $5 Million for Failures at San Francisco Kidney Transplant Center

July 26, 2006 - UC Merced and UC Riverside Receive a $10 Million Award to Fund Medical Education Feasibility Studies

July 25, 2006 - Governor Schwarzenegger Issues Directive to Protect Patients from Disputed Out-of-Pocket Emergency Medical Costs

Febrary 16, 2006 - DMHC proposes regulations for health plans to provide interpreters in doctor's offices and clinics

2005 Press Releases

December 30, 2005 - DMHC orders Blue Cross of California to cancel the January 1 reassignment of Beaver Medical Group members to new doctors

December 19, 2005 - DMHC issues Order of Approval for the Notice of Material Modification to PacifiCare of CA's Knox-Keene License

November 23, 2005 - DMHC releases independent auditor review of 2005 Blue Cross of California premium increases

July 5, 2005 - DMHC fines Blue Cross for Computer Error Overcharging Customers

June 20, 2005 - Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Fined by State for Exposing Patient Information on Web

March 17, 2005 - DMHC orders Bay Area blogger to remove Kaiser patient information from Web

March 7, 2005 - DMHC approves restructuring of Sharp Health Plan's government programs

Febraury 25, 2005 - Discount Health Plans Crack Down by State Stops False and Misleading Advertising

February 17, 2005 - Department of Managed Care Orders Blue Cross of California to continue sending patients to Pomona Valley Medical Center

January 13, 2005 - Health Net HMO Fined by State for Failing to Correctly Reimburse Emergency Room and Hospital-based Doctors

January 5, 2005 - Discount Health Plans Crack Down by State Stops False and Misleading Advertising

January 4, 2005 - Department of Managed Care Announces New Prescription Drug Protections for HMO Consumers

2004 Press Releases

November 9, 2004 - Statement Regarding Department of Insurance Approval of Anthem-WellPoint Merger

September 23, 2004 - Department of Managed Health Care Cracks Down on Fraudulent Discount Health Companies

September 13, 2004 - Department of Managed Health Care Announces New Chief of Enforcement

August 6, 2004 - DMHC Approves Majority of Plan to Narrow Blue Shield HMO Network

July 23, 2004 - DMHC Approves WellPoint-Anthem Material Modification