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Senate to Vote on High Risk Pool this Afternoon

The California Senate convenes at 1:30 pm today, and on the docket are Assembly Bill 1887 (Villines) and Senate Bill 227 (Alquist), bills that together would establish the state’s new high risk pool for those who have been denied health coverage because of diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, a history of cancer or some other pre-existing condition.

The bills both include “urgency clauses” — language that allows the state to begin implementing the policies immediately. These clauses also trigger the legislature’s 2/3 vote requirement, which means the high risk pool bills will need to garner bi-partisan support in the Senate (which they did in the Assembly) in order to pass.

The Governor has expressed publicly his enthusiasm for California’s establishment of this pool and is expected to sign the bills into law if they can move off the Senate floor and onto his desk. Stay tuned…

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