Peter V. Lee is the executive director of Covered California, the first health exchange created after enactment of the Affordable Care Act. Since joining Covered California in 2011, Lee oversaw the creation and launch of the Covered California brand as well as an on-line platform that allows consumers to shop for and buy affordable health insurance. In the first year, Covered California enrolled 1.4 million people — more than any other exchange in the nation.
With a $300 million budget and more than 1,000 employees, Lee oversees negotiations with health plans to bring quality, affordable health insurance products to market as well as outreach and marketing efforts to promote enrollment. Increasingly, Lee is working to advance the broader mission Covered California: improving health care quality, lowering costs and reducing health disparities.
Prior to joining the exchange, Lee held leadership positions in Washington, D.C. in the Obama Administration working on health care delivery reform and quality improvement as the Director of Delivery System Reform for the Office of Health Reform for Health and Human Services and Deputy Director for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Previously, he was Executive Director of the Center for Health Care Rights, a consumer advocacy organization based in Los Angeles, and Director of Programs for the National AIDS Network, working on health care issues in Washington, D.C.in the 1980s.
Lee received his law degree from the University of Southern California and his undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley.