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SB 961 - An Act to Amend Section 10954 Of, to Amend the Heading of Chapter 9.7 (Commencing with Section 10950) of Part 2 of Division 2 Of, to Add Section 10960.5 To, to Add Chapter 9.9 (Commencing with Section 10965) to Part 2 of Division 2 Of, and to Repeal Section 10902.4 Of, the Insurance Code, Relating to Health Care Coverage.

Individual health care coverage. 2011-2012 Legislature. View bill details
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Summary:
Existing federal law, the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) enacts various health care coverage market reforms that take effect January 1, 2014. Among other things, PPACA requires each health insurance issuer that offers health insurance coverage in the individual or group market in a state to accept every employer and individual in the state that applies for that… More
Existing federal law, the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) enacts various health care coverage market reforms that take effect January 1, 2014. Among other things, PPACA requires each health insurance issuer that offers health insurance coverage in the individual or group market in a state to accept every employer and individual in the state that applies for that coverage and to renew that coverage at the option of the plan sponsor or the individual. PPACA prohibits a group health plan and a health insurance issuer offering group or individual health insurance coverage from imposing any preexisting condition exclusion with respect to that plan or coverage. PPACA allows the premium rate charge by a health insurance issuer offering small group or individual coverage to vary only by family composition, rating area, age, and tobacco use, as specified, and prohibits discrimination against individuals based on health status.

Existing law provides for the regulation of health insurers by the Insurance Commissioner and requires insurers offering coverage in the individual market to offer coverage for a child subject to specified requirements.

This bill would require a health insurer, on and after October 1, 2013, to offer, market, and sell all of the insurer’s health benefit plans that are sold in the individual market to all individuals and dependents in each service area in which the insurer provides or arranges for the provision of health care services, with coverage effective on or after January 1, 2014, as specified, but would require insurers to limit enrollment in individual health benefit plans to specified open enrollment and special enrollment periods. The bill would prohibit these health benefit plans from imposing any preexisting condition upon any individual. Commencing January 1, 2014, the bill would prohibit a health insurer from establishing rules of eligibility for individual health benefit plans on any health status-related factor, as specified, and would authorize insurers to use only age, geographic region, and whether the plan covers an individual or family for purposes of establishing rates for individual health benefit plans, as specified. The bill would require a health insurer to issue a specified notice at least 60 days prior to the renewal date of an individual grandfathered health plan to all subscribers and policyholders of the plan. The bill would make certain of these provisions inoperative if the corresponding provisions of PPACA are repealed and would make other conforming changes. The bill would provide that it shall become operative only if AB 1461 is also enacted. Hide
 
Status:
This bill was passed by both houses and vetoed by the Governor. It did not become law
Senate Vote: On Passage

PASSED on August 29, 2012.

voted YES: 22 voted NO: 13
5 voted present/not voting

An Act to Amend Section 10954 Of, to Amend the Heading of Chapter 9.7 (Commencing with Section 10950) of Part 2 of Division 2 Of, to Add Section 10960.5 To, to Add Chapter 9.9 (Commencing with Section 10965) to Part 2 of Division 2 Of, and to Repeal Section 10902.4 Of, the Insurance Code, Relating to Health Care Coverage.

SB 961 — 2011-2012 Legislature

Summary
Existing federal law, the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) enacts various health care coverage market reforms that take effect January 1, 2014. Among other things, PPACA requires each health insurance issuer that offers health insurance coverage in the individual or group market in a state to accept every employer and individual in the state that applies for that coverage and to renew that coverage at the option of the plan sponsor or the individual. PPACA prohibits a group health plan and a health insurance issuer offering group or individual health insurance coverage from imposing any preexisting condition exclusion with respect to that plan or coverage. PPACA allows the premium rate charge by a health insurance issuer offering small group or individual coverage to vary only by family composition, rating area, age, and tobacco use, as specified, and prohibits discrimination against individuals based on health status.

Existing law provides for the regulation of health insurers by the Insurance Commissioner and requires insurers offering coverage in the individual market to offer coverage for a child subject to specified requirements.
More
Existing federal law, the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) enacts various health care coverage market reforms that take effect January 1, 2014. Among other things, PPACA requires each health insurance issuer that offers health insurance coverage in the individual or group market in a state to accept every employer and individual in the state that applies for that coverage and to renew that coverage at the option of the plan sponsor or the individual. PPACA prohibits a group health plan and a health insurance issuer offering group or individual health insurance coverage from imposing any preexisting condition exclusion with respect to that plan or coverage. PPACA allows the premium rate charge by a health insurance issuer offering small group or individual coverage to vary only by family composition, rating area, age, and tobacco use, as specified, and prohibits discrimination against individuals based on health status.

Existing law provides for the regulation of health insurers by the Insurance Commissioner and requires insurers offering coverage in the individual market to offer coverage for a child subject to specified requirements.

This bill would require a health insurer, on and after October 1, 2013, to offer, market, and sell all of the insurer’s health benefit plans that are sold in the individual market to all individuals and dependents in each service area in which the insurer provides or arranges for the provision of health care services, with coverage effective on or after January 1, 2014, as specified, but would require insurers to limit enrollment in individual health benefit plans to specified open enrollment and special enrollment periods. The bill would prohibit these health benefit plans from imposing any preexisting condition upon any individual. Commencing January 1, 2014, the bill would prohibit a health insurer from establishing rules of eligibility for individual health benefit plans on any health status-related factor, as specified, and would authorize insurers to use only age, geographic region, and whether the plan covers an individual or family for purposes of establishing rates for individual health benefit plans, as specified. The bill would require a health insurer to issue a specified notice at least 60 days prior to the renewal date of an individual grandfathered health plan to all subscribers and policyholders of the plan. The bill would make certain of these provisions inoperative if the corresponding provisions of PPACA are repealed and would make other conforming changes. The bill would provide that it shall become operative only if AB 1461 is also enacted. Hide
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Title
An Act to Amend Section 10954 Of, to Amend the Heading of Chapter 9.7 (Commencing with Section 10950) of Part 2 of Division 2 Of, to Add Section 10960.5 To, to Add Chapter 9.9 (Commencing with Section 10965) to Part 2 of Division 2 Of, and to Repeal Section 10902.4 Of, the Insurance Code, Relating to Health Care Coverage.
Author(s)
Ed Hernandez
Co-Authors
Subjects
  • Individual health care coverage
Major Actions
Introduced1/10/2012
Referred to Committee
Passed Senate Committee on Health4/18/2012
Passed Senate Committee on Appropriations5/07/2012
Passed Senate Committee on Appropriations5/24/2012
Passed Senate5/30/2012
Passed Assembly Committee on Health7/03/2012
Passed Assembly Committee on Appropriations8/16/2012
Passed Assembly8/28/2012
Passed Senate8/29/2012
Presented to the governor (enrolled)9/06/2012
Vetoed by Governor9/30/2012
Vetoed by Governor9/30/2012
Bill History
Chamber/CommitteeMotionDateResult
select this voteSenate Committee on HealthDo pass, but re-refer to the Committee on Appropriations.4/18/2012This motion PASSED the Senate Committee on Health
6 voted YES 2 voted NO 1 voted present/not voting
select this voteSenate Committee on AppropriationsPlaced on Appropriations Suspense file.5/07/2012This motion PASSED the Senate Committee on Appropriations
7 voted YES 0 voted NO 0 voted present/not voting
select this voteSenate Committee on AppropriationsDo pass.5/24/2012This motion PASSED the Senate Committee on Appropriations
5 voted YES 2 voted NO 0 voted present/not voting
select this voteSenateSenate 3rd Reading SB961 Hernandez5/30/2012This bill PASSED the Senate
23 voted YES 13 voted NO 4 voted present/not voting
select this voteAssembly Committee on HealthDo pass and be re-referred to the Committee on Appropriations.7/03/2012This motion PASSED the Assembly Committee on Health
12 voted YES 4 voted NO 3 voted present/not voting
select this voteAssembly Committee on AppropriationsDo pass as amended.8/16/2012This motion PASSED the Assembly Committee on Appropriations
12 voted YES 5 voted NO 0 voted present/not voting
select this voteAssemblySB 961 Hernandez Senate Third Reading By MONNING8/28/2012This bill PASSED the Assembly
52 voted YES 27 voted NO 1 voted present/not voting
currently selectedSenateUnfinished Business SB961 Hernandez Concurrence8/29/2012This bill PASSED the Senate
22 voted YES 13 voted NO 5 voted present/not voting
ActionDateDescription
Introduced1/10/2012
1/10/2012Introduced. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment. To print.
1/11/2012From printer. May be acted upon on or after February 10.
2/02/2012Referred to Com. on HEALTH.
3/13/2012Set for hearing April 11.
3/27/2012Hearing postponed by committee.
4/05/2012Set for hearing April 18.
4/09/2012From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on HEALTH.
select this voteVote4/18/2012Do pass, but re-refer to the Committee on Appropriations.
4/19/2012From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 6. Noes 2. Page 3229.) (April 18). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
4/27/2012Set for hearing May 7.
select this voteVote5/07/2012Placed on Appropriations Suspense file.
5/07/2012Placed on APPR. suspense file.
5/18/2012Set for hearing May 24.
5/24/2012From committee: Do pass. (Ayes 5. Noes 2. Page 3588.) (May 24).
select this voteVote5/24/2012Do pass.
5/25/2012Read second time. Ordered to third reading.
5/30/2012Read third time. Passed. (Ayes 23. Noes 13. Page 3693.) Ordered to the Assembly.
5/30/2012In Assembly. Read first time. Held at Desk.
select this voteSenate Vote on Passage5/30/2012Senate 3rd Reading SB961 Hernandez
6/07/2012Referred to Com. on HEALTH.
select this voteVote7/03/2012Do pass and be re-referred to the Committee on Appropriations.
7/05/2012From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 12. Noes 4.) (July 3). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
8/08/2012Set, first hearing. Referred to APPR. suspense file.
select this voteVote8/16/2012Do pass as amended.
8/16/2012From committee: Do pass as amended. (Ayes 12. Noes 5.) (August 16).
8/20/2012Read second time and amended. Ordered to second reading.
8/21/2012Read second time. Ordered to third reading.
8/24/2012Read third time and amended. (Page 6253.) Ordered to third reading.
8/28/2012Read third time. Passed. (Ayes 52. Noes 27. Page 6453.) Ordered to the Senate.
8/28/2012In Senate. Concurrence in Assembly amendments pending.
select this voteAssembly Vote on Passage8/28/2012SB 961 Hernandez Senate Third Reading By MONNING
8/29/2012Assembly amendments concurred in. (Ayes 22. Noes 13. Page 4979.) Ordered to engrossing and enrolling.
currently selectedSenate Vote on Passage8/29/2012Unfinished Business SB961 Hernandez Concurrence
9/06/2012Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 2:30 p.m.
Vetoed9/30/2012Vetoed by the Governor.
9/30/2012In Senate. Consideration of Governor's veto pending.

Total contributions given to Senators from interest groups that…

10 Organizations Supported and 2 Opposed; See Which Ones

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An Act to Amend Section 10954 Of, to Amend the Heading of Chapter 9.7 (Commencing with Section 10950) of Part 2 of Division 2 Of, to Add Section 10960.5 To, to Add Chapter 9.9 (Commencing with Section 10965) to Part 2 of Division 2 Of, and to Repeal Section 10902.4 Of, the Insurance Code, Relating to Health Care Coverage.: Unfinished Business SB961 Hernandez Concurrence

10 organizations supported this bill

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
(2012, May 25). Senate Floor Analysis. Retrieved June 22, 2012, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.
California Chiropractic Association
(2012, May 25). Senate Floor Analysis. Retrieved June 22, 2012, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.
California Commission on Aging
Senate Rules Committee (2012, May 25). Senate Floor Analysis. Retrieved June 22, 2012, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.
California Pan-Ethnic Health Network
(2012, May 25). Senate Floor Analysis. Retrieved June 22, 2012, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.
California Primary Care Association
(2012, May 25). Senate Floor Analysis. Retrieved June 22, 2012, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.
Consumers Union
(2012, May 25). Senate Floor Analysis. Retrieved June 22, 2012, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.
Greenlining Institute
Senate Rules Committee (2012, May 25). Senate Floor Analysis. Retrieved June 22, 2012, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.
Health Access
(2012, May 25). Senate Floor Analysis. Retrieved June 22, 2012, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.
National Association of Social Workers
(2012, May 25). Senate Floor Analysis. Retrieved June 22, 2012, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.
United Nurses Associations of California/Union of Health Care Professionals
(2012, May 25). Senate Floor Analysis. Retrieved June 22, 2012, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.

2 organizations opposed this bill

Blue Shield of California
(2012, May 25). Senate Floor Analysis. Retrieved June 22, 2012, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.
California Association of Health Plans
(2012, May 25). Senate Floor Analysis. Retrieved June 22, 2012, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.

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Includes reported contributions to campaigns of Senators in office on day of vote, from interest groups invested in the vote according to MapLight, January 1, 2009 – December 31, 2012.
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Contributions by Legislator

Namesort iconPartyDistrict$ From Interest Groups
That Supported
$ From Interest Groups
That Opposed
Vote
Elaine AlquistDCA-13$950$4,900
Joel AndersonRCA-36$20,125$31,100
Tom BerryhillRCA-14$0$25,000
Sam BlakesleeRCA-15$0$0
Ron CalderonDCA-30$10,400$14,100
Anthony CannellaRCA-12$2,000$29,700
Ellen CorbettDCA-10$16,700$2,500
Lou CorreaDCA-34$30,300$23,700
Kevin De LeonDCA-22$49,399$41,491
Mark DeSaulnierDCA-7$27,380$11,750
Bob DuttonRCA-31$7,850$30,650
Bill EmmersonRCA-37$3,100$25,650
Noreen EvansDCA-2$21,720$3,000
Jean FullerRCA-18$5,000$28,300
Ted GainesRCA-1$8,125$91,250
Loni HancockDCA-9$61,200$3,500
Tom HarmanRCA-35$9,800$31,950
Ed HernandezDCA-24$41,323$84,750
Bob HuffRCA-29$5,000$52,450
Christine KehoeDCA-39$7,300$2,500
Doug La MalfaRCA-4$0$7,000
Mark LenoDCA-3$39,250$350
Ted LieuDCA-28$62,700$30,650
Carol LiuDCA-21$9,900$7,200
Alan LowenthalDCA-27$0$0
Gloria Negrete McLeodDCA-32$11,900$28,415
Alex PadillaDCA-20$17,700$15,700
Fran PavleyDCA-23$75,500$355
Curren PriceDCA-26$15,200$21,700
Michael RubioDCA-16$24,550$37,660
Sharon RunnerRCA-17$1,000$2,150
Joe SimitianDCA-11$5,500$3,900
Darrell SteinbergDCA-6$106,900$20,550
Tony StricklandRCA-19$17,000$29,550
Juan VargasDCA-40$58,200$31,900
Mimi WaltersRCA-33$3,000$46,300
Lois WolkDCA-5$19,266$15,400
Rod WrightDCA-25$20,500$24,950
Mark WylandRCA-38$2,000$18,000
Leland YeeDCA-8$41,700$13,200

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NamePartyDistrict$ From Interest Groups
That Supported
$ From Interest Groups
That Opposed
Vote
Elaine AlquistDCA-13$950$4,900
Joel AndersonRCA-36$20,125$31,100
Tom BerryhillRCA-14$0$25,000
Sam BlakesleeRCA-15$0$0
Ron CalderonDCA-30$10,400$14,100
Anthony CannellaRCA-12$2,000$29,700
Ellen CorbettDCA-10$16,700$2,500
Lou CorreaDCA-34$30,300$23,700
Kevin De LeonDCA-22$49,399$41,491
Mark DeSaulnierDCA-7$27,380$11,750
Bob DuttonRCA-31$7,850$30,650
Bill EmmersonRCA-37$3,100$25,650
Noreen EvansDCA-2$21,720$3,000
Jean FullerRCA-18$5,000$28,300
Ted GainesRCA-1$8,125$91,250
Loni HancockDCA-9$61,200$3,500
Tom HarmanRCA-35$9,800$31,950
Ed HernandezDCA-24$41,323$84,750
Bob HuffRCA-29$5,000$52,450
Christine KehoeDCA-39$7,300$2,500
Doug La MalfaRCA-4$0$7,000
Mark LenoDCA-3$39,250$350
Ted LieuDCA-28$62,700$30,650
Carol LiuDCA-21$9,900$7,200
Alan LowenthalDCA-27$0$0
Gloria Negrete McLeodDCA-32$11,900$28,415
Alex PadillaDCA-20$17,700$15,700
Fran PavleyDCA-23$75,500$355
Curren PriceDCA-26$15,200$21,700
Michael RubioDCA-16$24,550$37,660
Sharon RunnerRCA-17$1,000$2,150
Joe SimitianDCA-11$5,500$3,900
Darrell SteinbergDCA-6$106,900$20,550
Tony StricklandRCA-19$17,000$29,550
Juan VargasDCA-40$58,200$31,900
Mimi WaltersRCA-33$3,000$46,300
Lois WolkDCA-5$19,266$15,400
Rod WrightDCA-25$20,500$24,950
Mark WylandRCA-38$2,000$18,000
Leland YeeDCA-8$41,700$13,200

Interest Groups that supported this bill

$ Donated
State & local government employee unions$707,723
Chiropractors$56,999
Health & welfare policy$41,716
Welfare & social work$34,500
Minority & ethnic groups$14,000
Health, education & human resources$4,500
Consumer groups$0
Elderly issues & Social Security$0

Interest Groups that opposed this bill

$ Donated
Accident & health insurance$691,265
HMOs$201,905
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