Deadline week…

There’s well over 40 bills scheduled to be heard tomorrow afternoon in Assembly Health Committee, chaired by Assemblyman Dave Jones (D-Sacramento).

Several of the bills would put new and needed oversight over the insurance industry. Bills includes A.B. No. 786 (Jones), sponsored by Health Access California, which would provide standards for individual health care coverage, creating coverage choice categories so consumers could make “apples-to-apples” comparisons, and limit “junk” insurance.

Other bills of note include:
* A.B. No. 2 (De La Torre), which would provide an independent review for any recissions of individual health care coverage.
* A.B. No. 244 (Beall), which would require health care coverage to include expanded mental health services.
* A.B. No. 812 (De La Torre), which would require disclosure of the medical loss ratios of specific health care coverage plan products.
* A.B. No. 1218 (Jones), which would require health care insurers to seek approval for rate hikes.

Finally, A.B. No. 1314 (Jones), provides a vehicle for comprehensive health reform both with or without federal action.

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

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