Category: Under-insured

Access, Under-insured, Uninsured

Another addition to our California storybank

Last night, Jimmy Kimmel hosted a special late night show, his first since the birth of his new son, Billy. Kimmel recounted how a nurse at the hospital saw the baby turn purple, and the story of identifying the congenital heart defect, and the amazing efforts that led to a successful surgery. The whole monologue […]

Insurers, Legislation, Medi-Cal, Medical Debt, Network Adequacy, Prescription Drugs, Surprise Bills, Under-insured, Undocumented, Uninsured

Key Patient Protections Pass Legislature, Now On Governor’s Desk

With the California Legislature adjourning after midnight last Saturday, most of the action on priority bills for health consumers moves to the Governor’s desk. Most of the Heath Access-sponsored bills protecting consumers from unfair out-of-pocket costs are now one Governor’s signature away from enactment. There were disappointments in the final days of this year’s legislative […]

Language Access, Legislation, Under-insured

Senate Health Committee Passes AB 248 (Health Insurance Minimum Value) Out on 6-1 Vote

Today, the Senate Health Committee heard AB 248 (R. Hernández) and passed it out on a 6-1 vote, with Senator Nielsen voting no and Senator Nguyen abstaining. Sponsored by Health Access, AB 248 would close a loophole created by federal guidance that allows insurers and health plans to sell subminimum coverage to large employers. Specifically, AB248 protects […]

Insurers, Legislation, Under-insured

Closing a Loophole on Subminimum Coverage

California Healthline this week is hosting a discussion on our bill, SB248 (Hernandez) to prohibit subminimum coverage. We sponsored this bill to close a loophole in the ACA that allows such coverage–prohibited in the individual and small group markets–to be offered by large employers, and if taken up could prohibit workers from getting subsidies for […]