David Panush

President, California Health Policy Strategies, LLC

David brings thirty-five years of state government experience to the team, including 30 years working in the State Legislature serving five Presidents Pro Tempore. Most recently he was the External Affairs Director for Covered California, serving as a member of the core senior leadership team that launched the California Health Benefit Exchange. In this role, he provided leadership, strategic guidance, and management of the Exchange’s external relationships with elected officials, stakeholders, and state and federal agencies. While serving in the State Legislature, he served as the lead for the State Senate on California’s effort to enact comprehensive health reform, and played a leadership role in the establishment of the “Bridge to Reform” Medi-Cal Waiver and the passage of California’s Affordable Care Act implementation legislation, which established the California Health Benefit Exchange.

He is currently the President of California Health Policy Strategies, LLC, a Sacramento-based consulting group.