On Tuesday, the Orange County Board of Supervisors added an additional member to the board of CalOptima, the beleaguered agency responsible for delivering health care services to nearly 500,000 low income individuals, seniors, and families in Orange County. The additional member is Supervisor Todd Spitzer, who has been sharply critical of Supervisor Janet Nguyen and her service on the board.
A recent scathing federal audit of Orange County’s, once showcase, provider of medical care for low-income residents found major problems with the agencies management of those services. Read the history of CalOPTIMA’s struggles here. All of this occurred on the heels of the Supervisor’s granting Supervisor Janet Nguyen unfettered control over the agency
The scathing report on Orange County’s $1.5 billion managed care system for the poor, CalOPTIMA, highlighted the departure of 16 senior executives from the organization and what can best be described as a hostile and manipulative level of interference by the lone County Supervisor on its board, Janet Nguyen.