Senate Bill update

Senate Appropriations ran through their suspense file. Here is the outcome for bills tracked by health consumer advocates:

  • SB 1522 (Steinberg): Standardization of the Individual market — PASS
  • SB 1440 (Kuehl): Requires insurers to spend at least 80% of premium dollars on health care — PASS
  • SB 1351 (Corbett): Requires attorney general oversight into transactions involving district hospitals — PASS
  • SB 1332 (Negrete-McLeod): Pilot Medi-Cal managed care program — FAILED
  • SB 1622 (Simitian): Would knit together local county initiatives to create a public insurer that would compete with private health plans — FAILED

SB 1522, SB 1440 and SB 1622 are all bills that came out of AB x1 1 from the Year of Health Reform and would begin to lay a foundation for comprehensive health reform.

Those bills that pass today will need to pass floor votes by next Friday.

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

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