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Peter V. Lee, the executive director of Covered California, said two new contract consultants and a new marketing director will help the state health exchange improve its staff and services. All will get six-figure contracts.

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    California needs as much as $12 billion in school-building money and almost $5 billion for modernization, according to a report to the state board that oversees school construction. Voters have approved about $35 billion in school-construction and modernization bonds since 1998. Wednesday’s report to the State Allocation Board included recommendations to discourage the use of future bond money for portable classrooms and to require districts to commit to spend money maintaining bond-funded buildings.

    – Jim Miller

The Buzz: California health exchange locks down six-figure consultants

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 - 12:00 am
Last Modified: Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 - 12:43 pm

The state’s health insurance exchange is handing out six-figure contracts to a pair of consultants and a new marketing director officials say will help expand the program and enhance its sustainability.

Covered California Executive Director Peter V. Lee said the contracts would give the agency “the exceptional staff and resources we need to make history.”

Jeffrey Rideout will stay on as senior medical adviser on a one-year contract worth more than $411,000. A consultant in the areas of clinical quality, network management, delivery system reform, and clinical and network analytics, Rideout held senior executive and chief medical officer positions with Cisco Systems and Blue Shield of California.

Ana Matosantos, who until recently served as the state’s finance director, will advise the state exchange’s leadership and staff in “financial sustainability and budgeting issues, and evaluation analytics,” according to a news release. Matosantos will earn $20,000 a month on a six-month contract.

To help oversee tens of millions in advertising dollars, Garrison Rios was named director of communications and marketing. Rios will earn $165,000 a year.

– Christopher Cadelago


BUDGET WATCH

California needs as much as $12 billion in school-building money and almost $5 billion for modernization, according to a report to the state board that oversees school construction. Voters have approved about $35 billion in school-construction and modernization bonds since 1998. Wednesday’s report to the State Allocation Board included recommendations to discourage the use of future bond money for portable classrooms and to require districts to commit to spend money maintaining bond-funded buildings.

– Jim Miller


WORTH REPEATING

“He has not sustained his heavy burden of demonstrating rehabilitation and fitness for the practice of law.”

California Supreme Court, from an opinion denying a law license to Stephen Glass, former journalist found to be a serial fabricator



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