By Orange County Supervisor Todd Spitzer
Yesterday, May 1, Supervisor Todd Spitzer attended his first meeting of the CalOptima Board of Directors. Two days earlier, the Board of Supervisors unanimously appointed Spitzer to join Supervisor Janet Nguyen on the CalOptima Board, with Supervisor John M. W. Moorlach serving as their alternate. CalOptima is the $1.5 billion government agency that serves as the health plan for 500,000 poor and elderly residents of Orange County.
“In my first term in the Legislature, I served as Vice Chair of the Assembly Health Committee. This new opportunity represents the chance to utilize that experience at the local level to assist Orange County’s poor and elderly,” Supervisor Todd Spitzer said. “I am excited about steering CalOptima out from under its current sanctions by the State.”
On February 25, the Board of Supervisors approved the first reading of an ordinance to add a second member of the Board of Supervisors on the CalOptima Board, replacing the Director of the Orange County Social Services Agency, who becomes a non-voting member. On March 4, the Board of Supervisors approved the second reading and final adoption of the ordinance. The ordinance took effect after the April CalOptima Board meeting.
The CalOptima Board now consists of 11 voting members and a 12th non-voting member:
Two County Supervisors (with another Supervisor as an alternate)
OC Health Care Agency Director
Current hospital administrator or representative of a hospital trade association
Physician in current practice
Representative of a contracted independent physician’s group or a health network
Representative of a for-profit business
Current CalOptima consumer
Current CalOptima consumer or representative from a 501(c)(3) that serves CalOptima consumers
Current CalOptima consumer or representative from a community clinic that serves CalOptima consumers
OC Social Services Agency Director (Non-Voting Member)