Anne Eowan, lobbyist for the Association of California Life and Health Insurance Companies, made a marvelous suggestion in Assembly Health Committee.
She was opposing Health Access’ sponsored bill, SB1522 (Steinberg), which would do lots of things — including weed out junk insurance and organize the individual insurance market into five tiers so that consumers would know what they were buying if they bought a five-star plan, versus a one-star plan.
In opposing it, however, Eowan suggested that “more transparency would be good” and welcomed efforts to have the California Health Benefits Review Board take measurements of the existing individual insurance market.
Luckily, we already have similar language drawn up on that. AB2289 (Chan) — remember that from 2004? It was vetoed.
Then, though, Eowan’s organization, along with her merry band of health insurers, took varying degrees of opposition, opining that having to explain how many enrollees they had in their various plans, what the deductibles, copays, out-of-pocket maximums were, etc. for various plans were, was far too onerous, expensive, burdensome, time consuming, etc.
Nice to see she’s had a change of heart.