About David Panush

David’s 35 years in state government give him a unique understanding of policy, politics, state budget issues, and the inner workings of the legislative process. As a senior level executive at Covered California, and a veteran legislative consultant to five State Senate Leaders, David knows how the Capitol works, and how to be a catalyst for change.

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Contact Information:

Email: [email protected]

Phone: (916) 842-0715

As the former External Affairs Director for Covered California, David was part of the core senior leadership team responsible for standing up and launching the California Health Benefit Exchange, which now has over 1.3 million members. In his role, he provided leadership, strategic guidance, and management of the Exchange’s external relationships with elected officials, stakeholders, and state and federal agencies. He was also responsible for legislation and analysis of policy issues that affected the Exchange.

Before joining Covered California, David served in the California State Legislature for over thirty years. He helped advise five State Senate Presidents Pro Tempore – David Roberti, Bill Lockyer, John Burton, Don Perata and Darrell Steinberg. In his role as Health Policy Advisor, David served as the lead staff for the State Senate on California’s effort to enact comprehensive health reform (2007 and 2008) and played a leadership role to California’s landmark Affordable Care Act implementation legislation, which established the “Bridge to Reform” Medi-Cal Waiver and the California Health Benefit Exchange. David served as policy advisor on budget and fiscal issues, particularly in the areas of state and local criminal justice policy, juvenile justice, and health and human services issues.

David graduated from UC Berkeley and now lives in Sacramento with his wife, Eve. They have two children, Michael and Jenny. In his spare time, David plays and sings classic rock tunes – along with some originals – with the Sacramento Remedy7 band.