Director who oversaw Medi-Cal expansion resigns

Sep 12, 2014 5:57 PM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The administrator who oversaw California's expansion of Medi-Cal under the Affordable Care Act is stepping down.

Health and Human Services Agency Secretary Diana Dooley announced Friday that Toby Douglas will end his four-year term as director of the Department of Health Care Services by the end of the year.

Under his tenure, the state's Medicaid program for the poor grew from 7.5 million enrollees in 2011 to more than 11 million this year.

He also oversaw the state's effort to contain costs by placing most Medi-Cal recipients into managed care health plans.

Douglas says in a statement that it's time for new challenges but does not say what he will do next.

A backlog of pending applications for Medi-Cal had reached a high of 900,000 and now stands at 350,000.

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