- Associated Press - Monday, January 26, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed the head of a nonprofit managed care association to oversee California’s health care program for the poor amid record enrollment and rising costs.

The Democratic governor on Monday named Jennifer Kent, executive director of Local Health Plans of California, to replace Toby Douglas, who announced his resignation last year after four years.

The 41-year-old Sacramento resident is taking over the Department of Health Care Services as the state continues to expand Medi-Cal under the Affordable Care Act.

The program has grown from roughly 8 million participants in 2012 to more than 12 million this year with a backlog of pending applications. The state’s share of costs is expected to grow to $18.6 billion this year.

The position pays $182,021 a year and requires Senate confirmation.

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