Covered California, the national health insurance program for the poor, announced a $4.2 million expansion of its health coverage to all California residents.
The news came the same day the network announced that NBC News anchor Matt Lauer would be joining the network in the coming months to host an NBC News Health and Wellness Summit.
“Covered California is committed to giving every Californian access to the best care available and we’re excited to have Matt Lanker on board to help us deliver the best healthcare for our members,” said Covered CEO and president Brian Riedl.
“Matt will join us to discuss the future of health care in America and how our members can better access it.”
Lauer is scheduled to host the summit at the Los Angeles Marriott Marquis on September 23 and will participate in panels and other discussions on the future and impact of the Affordable Care Act, a federal healthcare law designed to provide health coverage for all Americans.
“I’m excited to join NBC News, an institution that has consistently been at the forefront of health reform,” Lauer said.
“This will be a great opportunity to hear from experts and learn from experts in the fields of medical research, health policy and patient care, and the American people, on the most pressing healthcare questions of our time.”
Lanker, a longtime anchor and producer for NBC News who will also host a panel with Lauer and NBC News’ Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Richard Baumgarten, will be joined by a variety of experts including Dr. David Ludwig, a professor of medicine and chief medical officer at the University of California, San Francisco, and Dr. Andrew Weil, a pediatrician at Boston Children’s Hospital.
He is the co-author of a 2015 article in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) that looked at the role of medical technology in improving patient care.
He has a background in health care delivery and public health.
Lankers new job will give him access to a network of medical professionals who have the knowledge, experience and background to help him better serve patients and families.
“When I think about what I can do to make sure that my patients get the best health care and that they are treated with dignity and respect, that’s what Matt will bring to NBC News,” said Dr. Bruce D. Baum, chief of preventive medicine and director of the Department of Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, in a statement.
“He is an expert in all aspects of health, including infectious disease, infectious disease prevention and diagnostics, chronic conditions and infectious disease management, and he will help me with my daily duties of covering the medical and health issues that shape the American health care system.”
In addition to his new job, Lankr is joining NBC News in Los Angeles as a guest on a series of new programs to be aired over the next several months.
NBC News will be the first network to broadcast an episode of “Crowning,” a show that follows a crowning ceremony for a new crowning monarch.
The program is produced by The ABC Television Group and executive produced by NBC News Chief Medical Editor Dr. Robert DiNiro and his colleagues, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Dr, Richard Weng and Dr., David Ludwig.
The show will air on November 22, and is part of a new series of episodes that will air during the summer.
The ABC TV Group also announced that it will be launching a new network called “The Drudge Report,” which will air weekly on Nov. 24.
The Drudge Show will air nightly from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m., Monday through Friday.
NBC News will also be airing a new “Caught on Camera” program from 10:00 to 11:00 PM ET on Wednesday and Thursday nights, a special program that will feature interviews with prominent journalists, newsmakers and other personalities from across the media spectrum.
“Matt is a seasoned anchor and a consummate professional who will provide an invaluable and engaging perspective on what’s happening in health and the news industry, both nationally and internationally,” said NBC News Executive Vice President and General Manager of News and Sports, Joe Fowler.
“As he brings his passion and expertise to this new network, we’re confident the program will serve our viewers and our advertisers well.”