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Korean Community Services Director Ellen Ahn Appointed to CalOptima


Korean Community Services is proud to announce the appointment of its Executive Director, Ellen Ahn to the CalOptima Board of Directors.  The Orange County Board of Supervisors made the appointment on May 1, 2012.


CalOptima, created in 1993 by the Board of Supervisors, is a public county organized health system.  Cal Optima provides health insurance coverage for Korean Americans eligible for Medi-Cal, One Care (Medicare and Medi-Cal) and Healthy Families.    CalOptima has a 1.2 billion dollar budget and provides health insurance coverage to one in seven adult residents of Orange County and about one third of Orange Countys children.  About 421,000 Orange County residents have CalOptima coverage and CalOptima is larger than the entire Medicaid programs of 18 other states.  Over 8,000 doctors and health professionals provide health services to CalOptima members.


The mission of CalOptima is to provide members with access to quality health care services delivered in a cost-effective and compassionate manner.  CalOptima is governed by a nine-member Board of Directors, appointed by the Orange County Board of Supervisors. CalOptimas Board of Directors includes Supervisor Janet Nguyen, Mark Refowitz, the Director of the Orange County Health Care Agency, Mark Riley, the Director of the Orange County Social Services Agency, as well as physician and hospital partners, community advocates, and business leaders.   


Ellen Ahn will be representing non-profit organizations.  Ms. Ahn hopes to represent the concerns of seniors, low income individuals, the disabled and children in Orange County, She is most interested in ensuring that the Korean community has a voice in health public policy.  Currently, Koreans comprise the fourth largest group of CalOptima members behind the Latino, Vietnamese and Iranian community.  It is anticipated that very soon Korean will become a threshold language which means Medi-Cal, Medicare and Healthy Families materials and services will be mandated to be provided in the Korean language.




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