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Other Important Health Care Bills Signed!

In addition to signing into law the Health Benefit Exchange bills, the Governor also signed a number of very significant bills that work to both protect patients and begin implementation health care reform in California.

Here is a quick summary of what was signed over the past two days:

AB 2244 by Assemblymember Mike Feuer (D-Los Angeles)
Implements and phases-in provisions of federal health care reform, ensuring that children cannot be denied coverage or priced out of the market if they have pre-existing conditions. The bill prohibits insurers that sell individual market policies in California from refusing to sell or renew coverage to kids with pre-existing conditions.

SB 1163 by Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco)

Requires all premium filings be reviewed and certified by an independent actuary to ensure premium costs are accurately calculated and all proposed rate increases be posted on both department and insurer websites making costs more transparent. These consumer protections exceed what federal law requires under federal health care reform.

SB 1088 by Senator Curren Price (D-Los Angeles)
Prohibits health plans and health insurers from setting the limiting age for dependent children covered by their parent’s health insurance policy at less than 26 years of age.

AB 2345 by Assemblymember Hector De La Torre (D-South Gate)
Aligns state law with federal health care reform, by requiring health care service plan contracts to cover certain preventive services with no cost-sharing.

AB 2470 by Assemblymember Hector De La Torre (D-South Gate)
Prohibits a person’s health care insurance policy from canceling insurance once the enrollee is covered unless there is a demonstration of fraud or intentional misrepresentation of material fact by the terms of contract or policy.

AB 1503 by Assembly Member Ted Lieu (D-Torrance)

Requires physicians who provide emergency medical services in hospitals to give discounts to uninsured or very low-income patients who face high medical costs.