Media Relations Staff Contact:

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

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


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

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 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 - No Longer Available

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