SB 951

  • California Senate Bill
  • 2011-2012 Regular Session
  • Introduced in Senate Jan 05, 2012
  • Passed Senate May 07, 2012
  • Passed Assembly Aug 28, 2012
  • Signed by Governor Sep 30, 2012

Health care coverage: essential health benefits.

Abstract

Commencing January 1, 2014, existing law, the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) , requires a health insurance issuer that offers coverage in the small group or individual market to ensure that such coverage includes the essential health benefits package, as defined. PPACA requires each state to, by January 1, 2014, establish an American Health Benefit Exchange that facilitates the purchase of qualified health plans by qualified individuals and qualified small employers. PPACA defines a qualified health plan as a plan that, among other requirements, provides an essential health benefits package. Existing state law creates the California Health Benefit Exchange (the Exchange) to facilitate the purchase of qualified health plans by qualified individuals and qualified small employers by January 1, 2014. Existing law provides for the regulation of health insurers by the Department of Insurance and requires health insurance policies to cover various benefits. This bill would require an individual or small group health insurance policy issued, amended, or renewed on or after January 1, 2014, to cover essential health benefits, which would be defined to include the health benefits covered by particular benchmark plans. The bill would prohibit treatment limits imposed on these benefits from exceeding the corresponding limits imposed by the benchmark plans and would generally prohibit an insurer from making substitutions of the benefits required to be covered. The bill would specify that these provisions apply regardless of whether the policy is offered inside or outside the Exchange but would provide that they do not apply to grandfathered plans or plans that cover excepted benefits, as specified. The bill would prohibit a health insurer, when issuing, delivering, renewing, offering, selling, or marketing a policy, from indicating or implying that the policy covers essential health benefits unless the policy covers essential health benefits as provided in the bill. The bill would authorize the Department of Insurance to adopt emergency regulations implementing these provisions until March 1, 2016, and enact other related provisions. These provisions would only be implemented to the extent essential health benefits are required pursuant to PPACA. The bill would provide that it shall become operative only if AB 1453 is also enacted.

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Sep 30, 2012

California State Legislature

Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter 866, Statutes of 2012.

California State Legislature

Approved by the Governor.

Sep 06, 2012

California State Legislature

Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 2:30 p.m.

Aug 29, 2012

Senate

Assembly amendments concurred in. (Ayes 22. Noes 13. Page 4979.) Ordered to engrossing and enrolling.

Aug 28, 2012

Assembly

Read third time. Passed. (Ayes 52. Noes 27. Page 6451.) Ordered to the Senate.

Senate

In Senate. Concurrence in Assembly amendments pending.

Aug 24, 2012

Assembly

Read third time and amended. (Ayes 51. Noes 25. Page 6259.)

Assembly

Ordered to third reading.

Aug 21, 2012

Assembly

Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

Aug 20, 2012

Assembly

Read second time and amended. Ordered to second reading.

Aug 16, 2012

Assembly

From committee: Do pass as amended. (Ayes 12. Noes 5.) (August 16).

Aug 08, 2012

Assembly

Set, first hearing. Referred to APPR. suspense file.

  • Referral-Committee
APPR APPR. suspense file.

Jul 05, 2012

Assembly

From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 11. Noes 5.) (July 3). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

  • Referral-Committee
  • Committee-Passage
  • Committee-Passage-Favorable
Com. on APPR.

May 17, 2012

Assembly

Referred to Com. on HEALTH.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on HEALTH.

May 07, 2012

Senate

Read third time. Passed. (Ayes 25. Noes 13. Page 3427.) Ordered to the Assembly.

Assembly

In Assembly. Read first time. Held at Desk.

May 02, 2012

Senate

Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

May 01, 2012

Senate

From committee: Do pass. (Ayes 5. Noes 2. Page 3387.) (April 30).

Apr 20, 2012

Senate

Set for hearing April 30.

Apr 16, 2012

Senate

Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

  • Reading-2
  • Reading-1
  • Amendment-Passage
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on APPR.

Apr 12, 2012

Senate

From committee: Do pass as amended and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 6. Noes 3. Page 3142.) (April 11).

Mar 30, 2012

Senate

Set for hearing April 11.

Mar 29, 2012

Senate

Re-referred to Com. on HEALTH.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on HEALTH.

Mar 26, 2012

Senate

From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on RLS.

  • Reading-2
  • Reading-1
  • Committee-Passage
  • Amendment-Passage
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on RLS.

Feb 02, 2012

Senate

Referred to Com. on RLS.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on RLS.

Jan 06, 2012

Senate

From printer. May be acted upon on or after February 5.

Jan 05, 2012

Senate

Introduced. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment. To print.

Bill Text

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01/05/12 - Introduced PDF
03/26/12 - Amended Senate PDF
04/16/12 - Amended Senate PDF
08/20/12 - Amended Assembly PDF
08/24/12 - Amended Assembly PDF
08/31/12 - Enrolled PDF
09/30/12 - Chaptered PDF

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