CMA board chair named to exchange advisory body

January 25, 2013
Area(s) of Interest: Health Care Reform 

California Medical Association (CMA) Board Chair, Steven Larson, M.D., has been appointed to a newly formed advisory committee designed to assist in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in California. Dr. Larson also serves as the CEO of Riverside Medical Clinic.

The Plan Management and Delivery System Reform Advisory Group is made up members of medical groups, health insurers and health policy organizations from across the state. The group will advise the Board of Directors of California's newly named health insurance exchange, Covered California, on medical, technical and financial aspects of the ACA as it is implemented in the state.

The group, which held its first meeting earlier this month, is currently tackling such subjects as the selection of qualified health plans, plan benefit designs and delivery system reforms. It is expected to begin making recommendations to Covered California's Board of Directors in the coming weeks.

Beginning in 2014, Covered California is set to serve as the state’s online insurance marketplace, allowing consumers to compare and purchase subsidized health plans offered as part of the ACA.

Implementation of the ACA, especially the design of the digital insurance marketplace, is an ongoing issue in California and across the nation, one which will continue to be followed closely by CMA’s regular health reform publication, CMA Reform Essentials.

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