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Governor signs bill to diversify Covered California board
Sacramento Business Journal

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill to diversify the expertise of the board that governs Covered California, the state health benefit exchange.

Senate Bill 972 by Democratic Sen. Norma Torres from Pomona seeks a board better grounded in health insurance marketing, information technology, management of information technology systems and enrollment assistance geared toward cultural and linguistic diversity.

The bill was introduced after early enrollment numbers for the state health benefit exchange showed only 5 percent of the state’s eligible Latino population had signed up for insurance through Covered California, even though Latinos represent about 38 percent of the state population — and about 58 percent of its uninsured population.