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HMO watchdog takes over at key time
Sacramento Business Journal

Brent Barnhart wasn’t interested at first. He’d been retired for two years and liked it. But California Health and Human Services chief Diana Dooley, an old friend, sold him on opportunity. Early this month, Gov. Jerry Brown appointed Barnhart, 68, director of the state Department of Managed Health Care. He started work Aug. 11. As chief of the only agency in the nation that regulates HMOs, Barnhart will oversee health plans that cover 21.6 million Californians at a time of massive changes in the health care industry.