AB1296, Assemblymember Bonilla’s bill to streamline eligibility and enrollment in health programs to create a “no wrong door” system for consumers passed off the Senate floor today. This will help Californians enroll and remain enrolled in health coverage. It goes back to the Assembly for concurrence and then to the Governor’s desk.
Passing the Assembly floor was SB222 (Evans/Alquist), a new vehicle for maternity care. This bill requires insurers to cover maternity care and related services, and its companion bill, AB210 (Hernandez) has already passed the Senate floor. These bills makes great strides in eliminating gender inequality in health coverage, and they help transition California’s insurance market to 2014, when federal health reform will require maternity as part of an essential benefits package. Both bills now go back for concurrence votes before also moving to the Governor’s desk.
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