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SB 56 also passes!

Along with the two exchange bills, the legislature this week also passed SB 56 (Alquist), authorizing local initiative health plans, county organized health care systems, and county medical service programs to enter into joint ventures to offer coordinated health plans to the individual and group markets.

The goal of the legislation is to help public health plans compete with the larger private plans by allowing them to pool risk and share networks for the joint offering of health plans. Read our earlier post on SB 56 for more.

The Governor now has 30 days to either sign the bill into law or veto it.