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Cindy Ehnes

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Cindy Ehnes

California Department of Managed Care
managed care, consumer rights, HMOs, PPO, insurance rescission,


Cindy Ehnes is the director of the California Department of Managed Care. She also is an attorney with 25 years of legal experience, much in the area of health insurance and regulatory law. She served previously in the Department as the Deputy Director for Plan and Provider Relations, as a liaison to HMOs, doctors, hospitals and other providers. Her most recent position was as division manager of the self-funded health plans unit serving 300,000 members at the California Public Employees' Retirement System. Cindy brings a substantial patients' rights and health care background. She is the author of The Prentice Hall ADA Compliance Advisor, one of two books she has written on the rights of persons with disabilities. She served for nine years as Consumer Representative and Chairman of Colorado's insurance plan for uninsured, high-risk individuals. Cindy was the Enforcement Director for the Consumer Affairs section at the Colorado Division of Insurance, where she oversaw passage of several patients' rights initiatives, including new rules for patients with chronic conditions and for newborns. She also developed the quality assurance audit procedures for HMOs, and served as legislative affairs director for the Commission on Family Medicine in Colorado. After moving to California in June 2002, Cindy served as the interim executive officer at the California Board of Optometry in the Department of Consumer Affairs.

980 9th Street, Suite 500
Sacramento  California  95814
United States
Office Phone: 
(916) 322-2012


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