Poizner

P.S. California’s Insurance Commissioner doesn’t

Perhaps we would feel more cheery about this if we had an Insurance Commissioner who was a consumer advocate and who had sufficient staff dedicated to the regulation of health insurers to have the capacity to implement major reforms. But Commissioner Poizner reduced the already inadequate staff at the California Department of Insurance—and we know from practical experience that the Department of Insurance is not staffed to develop regulations such as timely access and language access. And we have an Insurance Commissioner who as a gubernatorial candidate is committed to cutting Medi-Cal spending by $1.6 billion by forcing seniors and persons with disabilities into Medi-Cal HMOs.

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