Covered California board reform heads to governor

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Updated: 6/19/2014 12:00 pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A bill headed to the governor would broaden the qualifications for board members overseeing Covered California, the state health insurance exchange.

SB972 passed the Assembly on a 68-2 vote Thursday.

Democratic Sen. Norma Torres of Pomona says her bill responds to consumer complaints of long waits and low minority enrollment on the exchange.

SB972 allows informational technology experts and enrollment counselors to sit alongside health care administrators on the Covered California board. Latino health advocates and insurance underwriters say a more diverse board could address some of the problems that emerged in the exchange's first year.

A provision that sought to add two members to the five-person board was removed after opposition from senators.

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