California’s Insurance Commissioner
Dave was first elected Insurance Commissioner in 2010 and re-elected in 2014. Jones leads the California Department of Insurance and regulates the California insurance market. Insurers collect $259 billion a year in premiums in California, making it the nation’s largest insurance market.
Commissioner Jones is receiving the Political Single Payer Advocate award for his strong advocacy for single payer, often speaking publically in support of it and sees the Affordable Care Act as a necessary but insufficient step toward the implementation of single payer. He served in the California State Assembly from 2004 through 2010, where he was a co-author of all three single payer bills. Two of them passed but were vetoed by then Governor Schwarzenegger and the third that was not passed. He was named “Consumer Champion” by the California Consumer Federation.
Jones graduated with honors from DePauw University, Harvard Law School and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He and his wife, Kim Flores, have two children, Isabelle and William, and live in Sacramento. Jones began his career as a legal aid attorney, providing free legal assistance to the poor with Legal Services of Northern California from 1988 to 1995. In 1995, Jones was one of only 13 Americans awarded the prestigious White House Fellowship. He served in the Clinton Administration for three years as Special Assistant and Counsel to U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno. He served on the Sacramento City Council from 1999 to 2004.
Among his many accomplishment since taking office, Jones has secured crucial victories for consumers, including:
- Implementing healthcare reform, including market reforms to protect consumers and expand access to health insurance;
- Issued emergency regulations establishing stronger requirements for health insurers to create and maintain sufficient medical provider networks to provide timely access to medical care;
- Saved California consumers $343 million through the review of health insurance rates;
- Reduced medical malpractice rates, saving medical providers $55 million;
- Required health insurance companies to cover an essential treatment for autism.
- Leading a national investigation of Anthem data breach.
As a legislator, Jones had more than seventy bills signed into law, including:
- Reforming California’s conservatorship laws, enacting sweeping protections for seniors and dependent adults facing abuse (Assembly Bill 1363 of 2006);
- Preventing HMOs and health insurers from discriminating against women by charging men and women different rates for the same health insurance policies (Assembly Bill 119 of 2009);
- Securing billions in federal funding to improve California’s hospital health care safety net and fund children’s health care by establishing a hospital provider fee (Assembly Bill 1383 of 2009)