The Assembly Health Committee heard several bills today. The committee passed Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi’s bill, AB108, to shorten the time window that insurers can rescind coverage, and Assemblyman Dave Jones’ bill, AB119, to prohibit insurers from charging different rates based on gender.
Tomorrow afternoon, Senator Leno is presenting SB 54, which is very similar to AB 119, in Senate Health Committee, at 1:30 pm in room 4203 of the State Capitol. State law already forbids health insurance companies from charging higher monthly premiums on the basis of race, religion, marital status and sexual orientation – but not gender.
The differences in rates that are appearing don’t take into account differences in actual benefits–like maternity coverage. That’s another bill, AB98(De La Torre), to ensure that all coverage includes maternity services, in the ongoing effort to bring some basic equity to the health insurance market.