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Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to appoint a retired Kaiser Permanente lawyer and former lobbyist for the American Civil Liberties Union to serve as director of the state Department of Managed Health Care.

Brent Barnhart will replace Cindy Ehnes atop the watchdog agency, California's chief overseer of health maintenance organizations.

Barnhart, 68, of Danville, is a decline-to-state voter. He said this morning that the department has been a "solid defender of the rights of consumers" and that he plans "to carry that strong mission forward."

Ehnes announced in January that she would not seek reappointment. Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger named her to the post in 2004.



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