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Covered California Announces Appointment of Doug McKeever as Chief Deputy Executive Director, Program

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Covered California Executive Director Peter V. Lee today announced the appointment by the Board of Directors of Doug P. McKeever as Chief Deputy Executive Director, Program.

In this role, McKeever will report to the executive director and will manage the Plan Management, Outreach and Sales, Marketing, Service Center and Policy divisions, with a staff of close to 1,000 employees under his leadership. He will be responsible for developing and implementing plans to increase growth and improve consumer services and health plan relations through strong support and management.

“Doug McKeever comes to us with a tremendous reputation in both health care and public service,” said California Health and Human Services Secretary and Covered California Board Chairwoman Diana Dooley. “We are fortunate to have him, and his hiring is a testament to Covered California’s building for the future.”

McKeever comes to Covered California from CalPERS, where he has been a senior-level executive since joining the agency. McKeever is the deputy executive officer at CalPERS, where he is responsible for all areas related to health care and contracts for carriers, billing reconciliation, long-term care and state and federal health care and pension policy, legislation and regulations. He and his team work with all of the large health plans in Covered California, as well as dealing with the same health care dynamics with providers.

“While it has been a privilege to work at CalPERS, this is a great opportunity to focus on health care and be part of Covered California’s work to both provide needed coverage and improve how health care works for all Californians,” McKeever said.

“Doug McKeever brings a wonderful background, experience and perspective that will help Covered California as we move into the future,” Lee said. “He is a great fit for us and will work hard to assure we continue to deliver on our important mission.”

McKeever will officially begin work at his new position on Jan. 3, 2017.

McKeever has 27 years of experience working for the state of California. He was the director of juvenile programs for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), covering all of the state detention facilities and prisons housing the state’s youth. In this position he was responsible for such areas as health care and education. He also served as director of mental health at CDCR. McKeever currently sits on numerous health care-related boards. The salary for McKeever’s position is $230,000.

About Covered California
Covered California is the state’s health insurance marketplace where Californians can find affordable, high-quality insurance from top insurance companies. Covered California is the only place where individuals can qualify for financial assistance that is available on a sliding-scale basis to reduce insurance costs. Consumers can then compare health insurance plans and choose the plan that works best for their health needs and budget. Based on income, some consumers may qualify for the low-cost or no-cost Medi-Cal program.

In addition, Covered California for Small Business is available for small businesses to purchase insurance for their employees.

Covered California is an independent part of the state government whose job is to make the health insurance marketplace work for California’s consumers. It is overseen by a five-member board appointed by the governor and the legislature. For more information about Covered California, please visit