SACRAMENTO, Calif.-A former health plan executive and lobbyist has been named to a key post involved in monitoring HMOs for the California Department of Corporations-an appointment that has caused concern among consumer activists. California Gov. Pete Wilson appointed Gary G. Hagen assistant commissioner of the department's healthcare division, which gives him oversight over the day-to-day regulation of managed-care plans operating in the state. Hagen, 48, w as formerly chief executive officer and president of Health Care Solutions West, a firm co-founded by Prudential Insurance Co. and other healthcare carriers to compete for a CHAMPUS contract. Between 1988 and 1991, he was vice pres ident of government relations for Rancho Cordova, Calif.-based Foundation Health Corp. "We're concerned about this person's ties to the healthcare industry," said Judith Bell, western regional director of Consumers Union, which h as long been critical of the HMO industry and the department of corporations' enforcement.
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