Department of Health Services Director Diana Bonta Resigns
Department of Health Services Director Diana Bonta last week resigned from her position, the Los Angeles Times reports. Bonta, who was appointed to the position in 1999 by former Gov. Gray Davis (D), has been expected to resign since Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) was elected in October, according to the Times. As DHS director, Bonta oversaw one of the largest departments in the state and helped lead the state's anti-smoking campaign, response to severe acute respiratory syndrome and bioterrorism preparedness efforts. DHS administers Medi-Cal, licensing programs for nursing homes, hospitals and clinics and other programs. Bonta's last day on the job was Thursday. A replacement has not yet been named (Reiterman, Los Angeles Times, 1/28).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.