Covered California is starting to run for cover as the date approaches for the state insurance exchange to start accepting customers.

The Golden State's exchange came in for another bashing this week when state legislators quickly rammed through the California Senate a bill requiring the state-run exchange to share with all terms of the public contracts it signs.

At issue are not the contracts Covered California enters into with health insurance plans. Those retain strict privacy protections. Rather, lawmakers were concerned about information contained in the hundreds of millions in contracts it has or will enter into with marketing and public relations firms, providers of systems to enroll customers, and other non-health plan service providers.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.