Yesterday, California’s legislature passed four key state health reform implementation bills to help Californians get the most out of the newly passed national health care reform law, including setting up a new exchange to help individuals buy insurance, prevent overpriced premiums for children with pre-existing conditions and several other important provisions.
All four bills passed on Tuesday will help in the implementation of health care reform by setting the stage for California to move forward with the strongest provisions contained in the law.
But there are still two bills that need to be passed before Friday (June 4) which aim to introduce stronger rate regulation and oversight of the private insurance industry in California: AB2578 (Jones) and SB1163 (Leno).
Word has it that the private insurance industry is desperately trying to prevent the passing of these two bills that would improve protections for California consumers against attempts by the private insurance industry to raise our premiums and deny us coverage.
For more info on these bills, check out today’s post on the Health Acess weblog.
There’s still time to take action! So far, hundreds of Californians have already called their legislators in the State Assembly and State Senate, urging them to support these critical bills. With the deadline only a couple of days away, it’s critical that we get on the phone now and call on our leaders to VOTE YES on these two remaining bills!