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Bills Implementing ACA Move Forward

California lawmakers have been busy implementing the ACA in the state Capitol. Friday, April 27th marks the last day for bills introduced in 2012 to pass out of the first policy committee. A number of bills have already passed out of the Senate and Assembly Health Committees, including:

  • AB 1453 (Monning) & SB 951 (Hernandez), which require individual or small group health plans to cover the essential health benefits whether offering coverage inside or outside the California Health Benefit Exchange.
  • AB 1461 (Monning) & SB 961 (Hernandez), which prevent insurance companies from discriminating against and denying individuals coverage based on pre-existing conditions. The bills implement the ACA by limiting premium variation based on age to a 3:1 ratio.
  •  AB 1580 (Bonilla), which would make technical and clarifying changes to eligibility and enrollment provisions regarding the California Health Benefit Exchange, Medi-Cal, Healthy Families, etc.
  •  SB 970 (DeLeon), which would implement integration between health and human services programs by allowing automatic eligibility screenings for health coverage programs when an individual applies for a social service or vice versa.

Administratively, the California Department of Health Care Services has also been focused on improving health coverage in the state. DHCS hosted a Stakeholder Advisory Committee meeting on Monday, April 23rd to discuss LIHPs, the transition of SPDs into managed care, eligibility and enrollment and DHCS’s relationship with HBEX. An agenda and a copy of presentations from the meeting can be accessed here.

For a comprehensive list of health related legislation, check out this write up from Health Access, or visit their blog for legislative updates.

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