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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

CA Health Reform Efforts, What is Happening in Your State

Although this is for California, I am sure such movements are happening in other states.

As it has been stated about the Health Reform Bill, it is just a start. And one needs to remember from the start, it was asked to ALL "What Would You Do??". This should NEVER have been a Political Issue. Instead, it should have been ALL working together to get true Health Care Reform.

Oh yeah, the Republicans did come up with an Outline, but unfortunately, most of it was what was wrong with the Reform Bill.

I am sorry, and I don't know about the rest of you, but I am having a hard time, on even voting for a Representative for "We The People" I would so much like to start a petition encouraging everyone to go to the polls and sign in, but NOT check off one of those boxes.

Well anyway, maybe this will stimulate some thinking, and possible you can pass it on to our legislators and/or support bills that make sense for "Our Families"

***URGENT HEALTH CARE ACTION ALERT***


Important State implementation and consumer protection bills here in California are expected to go to a floor vote in the next 10-14 days! These critical pieces of legislation would not only dramatically improve health care here in California and go a long way towards implementing the new federal health law- but would also help protect consumers against insurance industry abuses!


Call your state legislators today and urge them to support these critical bills to help make California's health care system stronger, more accessible and more affordable!

Those of particular concern in the State Assembly:


  • AB2244 (Feuer): Progressively limits how much private insurers can charge families with children under 19 with so-called "pre-existing conditions" between now and 2014 - when Federal provisions prohibiting all premium differences kick-in.
  • AB2578 (Jones): Requires approval from the Department of Managed Health Care OR Department of Insurance whenever private insurance companies attempt to increase the amount of premiums, co-payments, coinsurance, deductibles or other charges under a health plan.
  • AB1602 (Perez): Creates the California Cooperative Health Insurance Purchasing Exchange (Cal-CHIPE) and implements a variety of other important provisions of the national health care reform law - including extensions allowing children to be covered by their parents' plans until age 26.

Those of particular concern in the State Senate:

  • SB890 (Alquist & Steinberg): Makes purchasing health plans on the individual market easier by implementing many of the consumer protections in the Federal health care reform law early and includes a strong medical loss ratio so more premium dollars are going to patient care (instead of profits!).
  • SB900 (Alquist & Steinberg): Establishes the California Health Insurance Exchange and creates the California Health Insurance Exchange Fund and enables the Exchange to use its bargaining power to negotiate better prices and values for consumers in the exchange.
  • SB1163 (Leno): Rate Reviews - Would require health plans to provide, in writing, specific reasons for denial of coverage or for charging higher than the standard rates for coverage.

The State legislature could vote on these bills within the next week - and we know the insurance industry is using every means at its disposal to prevent these bills from passing because they know it will mean an end to 'business as usual!' We know that the opposition is trying to influence the vote - that's why we need your help to counter them, and let your elected officials know that we're counting on them to VOTE YES on these bills!

Call your state legislators today and urge them to support these critical bills to help make California's health care system stronger, more accessible and more affordable!


We remember how the insurance industry spent millions of our premium dollars to oppose national health care reform. Now they're doing it again to disrupt implementation here at the state level! As we speak, the insurance industry and its high-priced lobbyists are doing everything in their power to prevent the passing of these important state implementation and consumer protection bills!


Please call your legislators in the Assembly and State Senate TODAY and urge them to stand up for a health care reform and vote YES on these important state implementation bills!


We have less than 2 weeks to make sure our legislators in Sacramento know that we're counting on them to vote "YES" on ALL of these bills to make high-quality, affordable health care a reality for our seniors, our children, our working families and our small businesses!


To your health,

Brian
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