Health Plan of San Joaquin/Mountain Valley Health Plan appoints Betty Clark as new Chief Legal and General Counsel

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(French Camp, CA) – Health Plan of San Joaquin/Mountain Valley Health Plan announced that Betty Clark joined the organization as Chief Legal and General Counsel.

With extensive healthcare legal experience, Clark has previously worked as an attorney for the Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) and as in-house counsel for San Francisco Health Plan and Alameda Alliance for Health. She brings knowledge and expertise in health plan licensing, particularly related to the Knox-Keene Health Care Service Plan Act and contractual requirements for Medi-Cal managed care plans.

Throughout her career, Clark has served as a liaison between health plans and key stakeholders that include DMHC, Department of Health Care Services, Local Health Plans of California, and California Association of Health Plans. She has been involved in drafting amendments and material modifications to health plans’ Knox-Keene licenses, overseeing regulatory filings and reports, leading projects on the implementation of new statues and regulations, providing legal counsel on compliance issues, and advocating on behalf of health plans before regulatory agencies.

In her capacity as Chief Legal and General Counsel at HPSJ/MVHP, Clark is responsible for providing strategic and operational legal advice to the health plan’s executive team, their designees, and governing board, the San Joaquin County Health Commission. Clark’s role encompasses a broad spectrum of legal considerations, focusing on issues such as statutory and regulatory compliance, new business development, employment matters, risk exposure mitigation, and legal compliance. She will additionally oversee legal issues impacting HPSJ/MVHP, lead litigation and regulatory strategies, manage outside counsel, and support the organization in operationalizing newly enacted laws.

Clark holds a Juris Doctor with a Technological Innovation: Generating Economic Results (TI:GER) Program Certificate from Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, Georgia. She graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Psychobiology with a Minor in Spanish. Clark is an active member of the State Bar of California and the California Society for Healthcare Attorneys.

Expressing enthusiasm for returning to her hometown, Clark stated, “I grew up in Stockton, CA. I am excited to return to the place where I was raised give back to the community that was instrumental in shaping the person I am today.”


Health Plan of San Joaquin serves over 425,000 members in San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and El Dorado counties. Visit the website at

Media Contact:
Vena Ford, Health Plan of San Joaquin,

Posted on January 18th, 2024