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California Moving Forward With Reform

According to a Mercury News article today, the California Legislature is moving forward with several reform bills in the coming weeks.

The legislation, which may include as many as 20 bills, would, amongst other things, create state health insurance exchanges, do away with denials for pre-existing health conditions, extend coverage to children and uncap benefit limits on health plans.

Governor Schwarzenegger has indicated that he wants many reforms in place in California before January, 2011, including health insurance exchanges.

The two most major bills are SB 900 (Alquist) and AB 1602 (Perez). Both bills would create a California insurance exchange which would operate similar to the Massachusetts Connector program.

It appears that California intends to at least try to get systems and programs in place well ahead of the final dates set by federal reform laws.

Current Version of SB 900

Current Version of AB 1602


  1. We have the dumbest Governor in the US.



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