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Covered California Announces Appointment of External Affairs Director

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Covered California Executive Director Peter V. Lee has named Kelly Green as the agency’s director of external affairs.

Green will lead Covered California’s legislative policy on health insurance and health care issues. Her office will be the first point of contact for the state Legislature and other stakeholders in the health care community. She will advise Lee and the Covered California Board of Directors on pending legislation and provide testimony on proposed bills when appropriate.

“Kelly Green has a proven track record as an analyst of and advocate for effective health care policy in our state,” Lee said. “She is a skilled representative who works collaboratively with elected officials, community stakeholders and public agencies for the benefit of all Californians.”

Green comes to Covered California from the Assembly Health Committee, where she was a principal consultant, advising on policy issues covering commercial health insurance, Medi-Cal and Medicare.

Prior to that, she was a regulatory policy specialist for the California Nurses Association and deputy director for legislative and government affairs with the state Department of Health Care Services.
Green graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in international relations from the University of California, Davis.

The annual salary for Green’s position is $150,000.

About Covered California
Covered California is the state’s marketplace for the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Covered California, in partnership with the California Department of Health Care Services, was charged with creating a new health insurance marketplace in which individuals and small businesses can get access to affordable health insurance plans. Covered California helps individuals determine whether they are eligible for premium assistance that is available on a sliding-scale basis to reduce insurance costs or whether they are eligible for low-cost or no-cost Medi-Cal. Consumers can then compare health insurance plans and choose the plan that works best for their health needs and budget. Small businesses can purchase competitively priced health insurance plans and offer their employees the ability to choose from an array of plans and may qualify for federal tax credits.

Covered California is an independent part of the state government whose job is to make the new market 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