Formerly, Dutt served as a supervisor in the Office of Financial Review’s Division of Financial Oversight, where she was in charge of monitoring the financial solvency of all governmental and specialized health plans regulated by the Knox-Keene Act.
Prior to that, she worked in the Provider Solvency and Support Unit as an Examiner monitoring the financial solvency of risk-bearing organizations. Dutt joined the Department in 2003 as an auditor and has extensive experience assessing the financial and claims compliance of health plans and risk-bearing organizations through examinations and review of periodic financial statements and compliance reports.
Dutt received her bachelor’s degree in Accounting from California State University, Sacramento and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Drew Brereton is the Deputy Director of the Office of Enforcement at the Department of Managed Health Care. The Office of Enforcement handles litigation and administrative actions for the Department, including prosecutions under the Knox-Keene Health Care Service Plan Act.
Previously, Mr. Brereton served as an Assistant Chief Counsel in the Office of Enforcement, where he managed a team of litigation attorneys. Mr. Brereton joined the Department in 2008, and served for six years as a senior attorney in both the Office of Enforcement and the Office of Legal Services, representing the Department in significant litigation. Prior to joining the Department, Mr. Brereton was in private practice, specializing in personal injury litigation.
Brereton earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Davis in 2000, and graduated with honors from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 1997, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Economics.
Deputy Director, Health Policy and Stakeholder Relations
Mary Watanabe is the Deputy Director of Health Policy and Stakeholder Relations at the Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC), where she is responsible for fostering proactive and effective relations between the DMHC and its stakeholders, while serving as primary advisor to the Director on critical issues and providing strategic planning and policy direction on emerging issues and industry trends.
Prior to her appointment Watanabe served as Deputy Director for the Sales Division at Covered California, where she oversaw the implementation of the Navigator Grant Program, the Outreach and Education Grant Program and the engagement of community partners to educate consumers and small business owners about the health care options available through Covered California.
Prior to joining Covered California, Mary served for 12 years with the Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board (MRMIB) in the areas of contract development and monitoring, eligibility and enrollment, and benefits administration of several public health care programs, including the Healthy Families Program. She also participated in the implementation of the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP), a federally funded high-risk pool that offered health coverage to medically uninsurable Californians.
Watanabe holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from California State University, Sacramento.
Deputy Director, Office of Plan Monitoring
Dan Southard is the Deputy Director for the Office of Plan Monitoring where he is responsible for evaluating and promoting health plan regulatory compliance related to quality improvement, utilization management and member grievances and ensuring health plan networks have the right types of providers necessary to deliver health care services that meet time and geographic access requirements.
Prior to his appointment, Southard served in a variety of roles at the DMHC including his most recent position as the Acting Assistant Deputy Director at the Help Center. In this capacity, he led the Help Center through a large-scale re-organization to increase program efficiency. Since joining the department, he has demonstrated an unwavering focus on California’s health care consumers, strong leadership skills and deep familiarity with the statutory and regulatory framework under which the DMHC operates.
On his personal time, he has developed and patented a medical device to prevent the formation and decrease the healing time of pressure ulcers.
Deputy Director, Office of Plan Licensing
Sarah Ream serves as Deputy Director of the Office of Plan Licensing (OPL). The OPL is responsible for the oversight of health care service plan licensing within the state of California. The OPL reviews amendments and material changes filed by health plans for compliance with state laws, as well as ensuring compliance with applicable federal law. One of OPL's chief purposes is to protect consumers, providers, and ensure market stability. The OPL reviews subscriber contracts and disclosures to confirm that health plan members are amply informed as to their rights and are in possession of accurate information.
Ream has been with the DMHC since 2007, most recently serving an Assistant Chief Counsel in the Office of Legal Services. Prior to joining the DMHC, Ream worked with the Washington State House of Representatives as a non-partisan legislative counsel.
Ream holds both a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Psychology from the University of California, Davis and the California State University, Fullerton respectively, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.