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This section features press releases issued by the DMHC as well as recent articles related to the DMHC.

Media Relations Staff

Deputy Director of Communications and Planning

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


Mailing Address:

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

Press Releases



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    • 07/16/12 - DMHC Orders Anthem Blue Cross to Stop Attempting to Collect Millions from California Health Care Providers They Claim were Overpaid
    • 6/29/12 - Department of Managed Health Care Director Brent Barnhart issues statement on Supreme Court Ruling
    • “With today’s ruling, we will continue our focus on fostering a more fair, transparent and affordable health care system,” said Department of Managed Health Care Director Brent Barnhart.
    • “California has already implemented many early provisions of the Affordable Care Act, such as allowing children up to age 26 to remain on their parents’ plans and barring insurers from denying coverage to kids with pre-existing medical conditions. We are prepared to fully implement the remainder of the law’s provisions in 2014 that will ensure Californians can access high-quality health care when they need it."
    • 02/27/2012 - DMHC Issues Cease and Desist Order Against Kaiser Health Plan Due to Denials of Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy


    • 10/12/2011 - 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
    • 08/25/2011 - Department of Managed Health Care issues statement on ruling in California Association of Health Plans vs. Lucinda Ehnes
    • 08/15/2011 - DMHC releases Request for Proposals for Consumer Assistance Program Partner Grants totaling $1.6 million
    • 08/11/2011 - Governor Brown Announces DMHC Appointments
    • 08/05/2011 - California’s Independent Medical Review Process for Denials of Care Meet Highest Federal Healthcare Reform Standards
    • 04/29/2011 - Kern Health Systems request for lower standards to provide timely care to patients denied
    • Health Net Security Breach Notices Are On Their Way to Affected Consumers
    • As of March 14, 2011, Health Net began sending notices to California consumers informing them that their personal information was likely included on one of nine missing server drives that have gone missing from its Rancho Cordova facility. Health Net has established a consumer hotline, where calls about the security breach are answered by the Debix Identity Protection Network, which will provide affected consumers with two years of free credit monitoring services and identity theft insurance. Consumers who have received such notices from Health Net should be assured that it is not a scam and need not be concerned about contacting Debix for information or to sign up for its services, which have been arranged for by Health Net. For more information, please visit the company’s website at or call 1-855-434-8081. If you have additional concerns about the services Health Net is providing, please feel free to contact the DMHC’s Help Center at 1-888-466-2219.

    • 03/14/2011 - Health Net Security Breach May Affect California Enrollees
    • 02/15/2011 - Critical New Window To Sign Up For Children's Health Insurance Highlighted
    • 01/04/2011 - Court rules in favor of DMHC consumer protections for patients with autism


    • 08/16/10 - California awarded $1 million rate review grant

    • 07/08/10 - DMHC appoints expert panel to study impact of health care reform on California health plans and providers


    • 11/17/09
      DMHC given ACE award for employment of persons with disabilities.
      Press Release

    • 09/22/09
      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.
      Press Release

    • 07/30/09
      DMHC Orders Discount Health Card Companies to Stop Selling in California.
      Press Release

    • 07/06/09
      DMHC gains lifetime ban against insurance brokers from selling health coverage in California.
      Press Release

    • 06/30/09
      DMHC issues statement regarding Consumer Watchdog legal action on health care coverage for persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
      Press Release

    • 06/12/09
      Updated regulations to cut patient appointment waiting time released.
      Press Release

    • 06/09/09
      DMHC licenses first medical discount health plan in California.
      Press Release

    • 03/30/09
      Local healthy lifestyles program for non-English speakers unveiled.
    • 03/13/09
      DMHC Announces Senior Staff Appointment.
      Press Release

    • 02/18/09
      DMHC Announces Grant to Provide Better Health Care for Patients throughout Los Angeles County via Health Information Technology.
      Press Release

    • 02/05/09
      State Office Closure.
      Press Release

    • 01/27/09
      $5.7 Million in Grants Awarded for Innovative Projects to Improve Health Information Technology, Targeted at Underserved Areas.
      Press Release

    • 01/16/09
      DMHC implements secured email system.
      Press Releases

    • 01/12/09
      DMHC announces language assistance services for health plan members who speak little or no English.

    • 01/08/09
      DMHC Director Issues Statement on California Supreme Court Ruling Forbidding Balance Billing of Health Care Consumers.
      Press Release


    • 12/22/08
      Press Release

    • 12/03/08
      DMHC ban on balance billing of consumers affirmed by court.

    • 12/01/08
      DMHC announces senior staff appointment.
      Press Release

    • 11/18/08
      Health care help for California wildfire victims.
      Press Release

    • 10/29/08
      DMHC announces first “Right Care Initiative” award recipients.
      Press Release

    • 10/14/08
      Regulations take effect outlawing the practice of “balance billing” for emergency care.
      Press Release

    • 08/12/08
      DMHC sends out first round of notifications offering coverage to rescinded consumers.
      Press Release

    • 08/01/08
      DMHC Builds on Efforts to Protect Patients from Unfair and Unexpected Bills.
      Press Release

    • 07/21/08
      DMHC requests help from Health Plans to aid fire victims.
      Press Release

    • 07/18/08
      DMHC Director Ehnes issues statement regarding settlement with Anthem Blue Cross to offer coverage to 1770 formerly rescinded members.
      Press Release

    • 07/17/08
      DMHC secures coverage for 450 rescinded members of Blue Shield of California; subject to a total of $5 million fine.
      Press Release

    • 07/01/08
      DMHC Seeks Court Action to Prevent Prime Healthcare from Balance Billing any HMO Member.
      Press Release

    • 06/19/08
      DMHC Announces Grant to Provide Better Health Care for California Farmworkers through Personal Health Cards.
      Press Release

    • 06/18/08
      Department of Managed Health Continues Landmark Efforts to Extend Coverage to Consumers Stripped of Health Coverage.
      Press Release

    • 05/07/08
      DMHC Director Cindy Ehnes named the 2008 Public Administrator of the Year.
      Press Release

    • 03/19/08
      DMHC announces $500,000 grant to educate health care consumers about their right to treatment, prescription drugs.
      Press Release

    • 03/05/08
      DMHC attorney Pat Sturdevant named the 2008 Attorney of the Year in the healthcare category by California Lawyer magazine.
      Press Release

    • 02/26/08
      Public Education Campaign Targets High Price of Dental Coverage.
      Press Release

    • 01/29/08
      DMHC and CDI Take Historic Joint Action Against PacifiCare to Halt Bad Claims Payments.
      Press Release

    • 01/18/08
      More than $6 Million in Grants Awarded for Innovative Projects to Improve Health IT, Targeted at Underserved Areas.
      Press Release


    • 12/05/07
      Public Education Campaign Targets High Price of Dental Coverage.
      Press Release

    • 11/27/07
      Department of Managed Health Care Announces Senior Staff Appointment.
      Press Release

    • 11/15/07
      Department of Managed Health Care fines Health Net for not disclosing bonus program for employees considering cancellation of health policies.
      Press Release

    • 10/26/07
      DMHC gains agreement from Blue Cross to stop use of unfair negotiating tactics with hospitals and health care providers.
      Press Release

    • 10/23/07
      DMHC releases plan to end illegal health insurance rescissions.
      Press Release

    • 08/20/07
      DMHC Announces Deputy Director Appointment.
      Press Release

    • 07/26/07
      DMHC releases report on Kaiser quality assurance programs.
      Press Release

    • 06/09/07
      DMHC to hold public meeting to examine Blue Cross of California merger agreements.
      Press Release

    • 06/05/07
      DMHC negotiates agreement extending time for new Blue Cross of California doctor payments to go into effect.
      Press Release

    • 05/17/07
      DMHC orders PacifiCare of California to let its members remain with the Sequoia Network.
      Press Release

    • 04/23/07
      New life for California kidney transplant patients.
      Press Release

    • 03/22/07
      DMHC fines Blue Cross of California for illegally rescinding health insurance policies.
      Press Release

    • 03/9/07
      DMHC Announces Senior Staff Appointments.
      Press Release

    • 03/01/07
      Language assistance now a reality for limited-English speaking California HMO members.

    • 02/01/07
      $1 Million Mark in Recovered Payments for Health Care Providers Reached by DMHC.
      Press Release


    • 10/12/06
      DMHC Licenses First Discount Health Card Plan in California
      Press Release.
    • 09/21/06
      Blue Cross of California Fined by State for Wrongly Rescinding A Patient's Health Insurance Policy.
      Press Release.
    • 08/10/06
      DMHC Requires Kaiser Foundation Health Plan to Pay $5 Million for Failures at San Francisco Kidney Transplant Center.
      Press Release.
    • 07/26/06
      UC Merced and UC Riverside Receive a $10 Million Award to Fund Medical Education Feasibility Studies.
      Press Release
    • 07/25/06
      Governor Schwarzenegger Issues Directive to Protect Patients from Disputed Out-of-Pocket Emergency Medical Costs.
      Press Release
    • 02/16/06
      DMHC proposes regulations for health plans to provide interpreters in doctor's offices and clinics.
      Press Release


    • 12/30/05
      DMHC orders Blue Cross of California to cancel the January 1 reassignment of Beaver Medical Group members to new doctors.
      Press Release
    • 12/19/05
      DMHC issues Order of Approval for the Notice of Material Modification to PacifiCare of CA's Knox-Keene License.
      Press Release
    • 11/23/05
      DMHC releases independent auditor review of 2005 Blue Cross of California premium increases.
      Press Release
    • 07/05/2005
      DMHC fines Blue Cross for Computer Error Overcharging Customers.
      Press Release
    • 06/20/2005
      Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Fined by State for Exposing Patient Information on Web.
      Press Release
    • 03/17/2005
      DMHC orders Bay Area blogger to remove Kaiser patient information from Web
      Press Release
    • 03/07/2005
      DMHC approves restructuring of Sharp Health Plan's government programs
      Press Release
    • 01/13/2005
      DMHC fines Blue Cross for Computer Error Overcharging Customers.
      Press Release
    • 02/25/2005
      Discount Health Plans Crack Down by State Stops False and Misleading Advertising
      Press Release
    • 02/17/2005
      Department of Managed Care Orders Blue Cross of California to continue sending patients to Pomona Valley Medical Center
      Press Release
    • 01/13/2005
      Health Net HMO Fined by State for Failing to Correctly Reimburse Emergency Room and Hospital-based Doctors
      Press Release
    • 01/05/2005
      Discount Health Plans Crack Down by State Stops False and Misleading Advertising
      Press Release
      Consumer Alert
      Alerta Al Consumidor
    • 01/04/2005
      Department of Managed Care Announces New Prescription Drug Protections for HMO Consumers
      Press Release


    • 11/09/2004
      Statement Regarding Department of Insurance Approval of Anthem-WellPoint Merger
      Press Release
    • 09/23/2004
      Department of Managed Health Care Cracks Down on Fraudulent Discount Health Companies
      Press Release
    • 09/13/2004
      Department of Managed Health Care Announces New Chief of Enforcement
      Press Release
    • 08/06/2004
      DMHC Approves Majority of Plan to Narrow Blue Shield HMO Network
      Press Release
    • 07/23/2004
      DMHC Approves WellPoint-Anthem Material Modification
      Statement by Director Cindy Ehnes
      Fact Sheet