An important bill, AB2 (Dymally), to improve the state’s high-risk pool, the Major Risk Medical Insurance Program (MRMIP), passed 41-27 in concurrence with Senate changes. It now heads to the Governor.
Right now, there’s a waiting list of nearly 1,000 patients who have been denied by insurance companies for “pre-existing conditions,” even though the program is obscure and has never been advertised. The bill would help reduce that waiting list, and also remove the $75,000 cap on benefits, which left these “high-risk” patients significantly underinsured, at risk of financial ruin with a major bill.
AARP, Health Access, American Cancer Society, and many others supported the bill, and urge its signature.