Quick updates on some bills moving forward…

In legislative action today, there were floor votes on a couple of key bills today:

* SB1088(Price) passed the Assembly, which would implement federal health reform on the issue of allowing young adults to stay on their parent’s coverage up to age 26.

* AB2042(Feuer), sponsored by Health Access, passed the Senate with 21 votes, would provide predictability to the insurance market by limiting changes in premiums, cost-sharing and benefits more than once a year.

* SB56(Alquist) also passed the Assembly, and would facilitate new public options for consumers by encouraging joint ventures between county-run Medicaid managed care plans (think San Francisco Health Plan, Alameda Alliance for Health, LA Care, etc), so they have broader geographical networks and be viable in the non-Medi-Cal marketplace.

These bills need to go back to their respective houses for concurrence votes before being sent to the Governor.

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

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