Open States' stated mission is to improve civic engagement.
To be true to that goal, we can not stand by and be silent when a large portion of Americans face systemic racism and other forms of oppression. That oppression has meant being excluded from civic participation at the ballot box, being called un-American for peaceful protests, and being denied justice for crimes committed against them.
Existing law, the Knox-Keene Health Care Service Plan Act of 1975, requires, subject to specified exceptions, that a health care service plan be licensed by the Department of Managed Health Care and provide basic health care services, as defined, unless exempted from that requirement by the director of the department. Existing law also requires, subject to specified exceptions, that an insurer obtain a certificate of authority from the Insurance Commissioner in order to transact business in this state and that the insurer operate in accordance with specified requirements.
This bill would allow a carrier domiciled in another state to offer, sell, or renew a health care service plan or a health insurance policy in this state without holding a license issued by the department or a certificate of authority issued by the commissioner and would exempt the carrier's plan or policy from requirements otherwise applicable to plans and insurers providing health care coverage in this state if the plan or policy complies with the domiciliary state's requirements, and the carrier is lawfully authorized to issue the plan or policy in that state and to transact business there.