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Exchange Legislation Set for Hearing

In addition to tackling the High Risk Pool and 1115 Hospital Waiver, policy makers in Sacramento are also hard at work on legislation that will establish the framework for the California Health Insurance Exchange.

AB1602 (Perez) is set for hearing in the Senate Health Committee on June 30th, and SB 900 (Alquist/Steinberg) will be heard in Assembly Health on June 29th.

At or before both hearings, amended language for each bill will be presented. Among others topics, the bills will likely address:
• The general structure and governance of the Exchange;
• Whether the Exchange will be a public agency, a semi-government entity, or a separate, non-profit organization;
• How the individual and small business markets will operate within the Exchange; and
• To what extent health plans — including local initiatives and county-organized health systems — will participate in the Exchange.

Here are additional sources of information on the Exchange:
ITUP’s initial analysis and recommendations, April 19, 2010
Legislative Analysts Office report, May 13, 2010
Congressional Research Service report, April 15, 2010
Kaiser Family Foundation brief, April, 28, 2010