A Timely Decision…

Perhaps coincidentally with the confirmation hearing of Dale Bonner, perhaps not, the controversial regulations on timely access to care have been dis-approved by the Office of Administrative Law.

We understand the disapproval is on the specific matter that the Department didn’t provide enough time for hearings and comment on a substantive change in the regulations.

We actually thought the regulations didn’t actually comply with the law in the first place.

Regardless, this gives consumer advocates an opportunity to re-make the case that the regulations need to have clear standards for timely access for care, as the law requires and the Legislature intended.

What isn’t acceptable is to let the insurers each set their own standards, so that those standards are hard to enforce, and hard for consumers to even know what their rights are.

Health Access California promotes quality, affordable health care for all Californians.

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