CHA News Article

Governor Appoints New DHCS Director

Gov. Jerry Brown announced yesterday that he has appointed Jennifer Kent to replace Toby Douglas as director of the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS). Douglas announced his retirement in late 2014. Kent has been executive director at Local Health Plans of California since 2013, and was a principal at Health Management Associates from 2011 to 2013. She served as associate director at DHCS in 2011, where she was also deputy director of legislative and governmental affairs from 2004 to 2007. Kent also served as a deputy legislative secretary for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger from 2008 to 2010, associate secretary of legislative affairs at the California Health and Human Services Agency from 2007 to 2008, and director of government and external affairs at the California Optometric Association from 1999 to 2004. CHA looks forward to working with Kent to find solutions that improve the state’s Medi-Cal program. Her appointment requires Senate confirmation.