Organizers of the Covered California health insurance exchange have already hired 200 people, and the exchange could have as many as 1,000 employees by year end.
Peter Lee, the executive director, and other exchange officials talked about the number and status of exchange employees today during a meeting of the board of the California Health Benefit Exchange, the agency overseeing the state’s exchange system.
The agency aired live video of the meeting on the Web.
The exchange wants to have 695 employees in place at service centers in the Rancho Cordova, Contra Costa County and Fresno areas.
The exchange is on track to move into the Rancho Cordova and Contra Costa service centers in just a few weeks, and training for service center trainers will start next week, according to Juli Baker, the exchange chief technology officer.
Because of negotiation delays in Fresno, the exchange could end up locating the office that was going to go into Freso in a nearby town, officials said.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) almost brought Covered California hiring to a halt, by requiring Covered California to show that it had the statutory authority to collect employees’ fingerprints and do background checks. But state lawmakers acted quickly to give the exchange statutory authority to do background checks, and now the exchange is back on track to open its service center Aug. 19, Baker said.