SB 1034

  • California Senate Bill
  • 2013-2014 Regular Session
  • Introduced in Senate Feb 14, 2014
  • Passed Senate May 01, 2014
  • Passed Assembly Jun 30, 2014
  • Signed by Governor Aug 15, 2014

Health care coverage: waiting periods.

Abstract

Existing law, the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) , enacts various health care coverage market reforms that take effect with respect to plan years on or after January 1, 2014. Among other things, PPACA prohibits a group health plan and a health insurance issuer offering group health insurance coverage from applying a waiting period that exceeds 90 days. Existing law, the Knox-Keene Health Care Service Plan Act of 1975, provides for the licensure and regulation of health care service plans by the Department of Managed Health Care and makes a willful violation of the act a crime. Existing law also provides for the regulation of health insurers by the Department of Insurance. Existing law authorizes a group health care service plan contract and a group health insurance policy, as defined, to apply a waiting period of up to 60 days as a condition of employment if applied equally to all eligible employees and dependents. This bill would prohibit those group contracts and policies from imposing any waiting or affiliation period, as defined, and would make related conforming changes. Because a willful violation of the bill's requirements by a health care service plan would be a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. Existing law provides for the regulation of grandfathered small employer health care service plan contracts and health insurance policies, as defined. Existing law requires that those contracts and policies be fairly and affirmatively renewed and prohibits construing the provisions regulating those contracts and policies from limiting enrollment in a contract or policy to open enrollment periods, as specified. Existing law requires the employer offering the plan to send a written notice to an eligible employee or dependent who fails to enroll during an open enrollment period that he or she may be excluded from coverage for a specified period of time. This bill would instead require the notice to inform the eligible employee or dependent that he or she may be excluded from eligibility for coverage until the next open enrollment period. The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement. This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason. This bill would incorporate additional changes to Section 10753.05 of the Insurance Code proposed by SB 959 that would become operative if this bill and SB 959 are both enacted and this bill is enacted last.

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Aug 15, 2014

California State Legislature

Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter 195, Statutes of 2014.

California State Legislature

Approved by the Governor.

Aug 07, 2014

California State Legislature

Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3 p.m.

Aug 04, 2014

Senate

Assembly amendments concurred in. (Ayes 36. Noes 0. Page 4295.) Ordered to engrossing and enrolling.

Jun 30, 2014

Assembly

Read third time. Passed. (Ayes 77. Noes 0. Page 5745.) Ordered to the Senate.

Senate

In Senate. Concurrence in Assembly amendments pending.

Jun 26, 2014

Assembly

Ordered to third reading.

Assembly

Read third time and amended. (Page 5704.)

Jun 23, 2014

Assembly

From consent calendar.

Assembly

Ordered to third reading.

Jun 19, 2014

Assembly

Read second time. Ordered to consent calendar.

Jun 18, 2014

Assembly

From committee: Do pass. Ordered to consent calendar. (Ayes 15. Noes 0.) (June 18).

Jun 11, 2014

Assembly

From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. with recommendation: To consent calendar. (Ayes 17. Noes 0.) (June 10). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

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

May 12, 2014

Assembly

Referred to Com. on HEALTH.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on HEALTH.

May 01, 2014

Senate

Read third time. Passed. (Ayes 35. Noes 0. Page 3325.) Ordered to the Assembly.

Assembly

In Assembly. Read first time. Held at Desk.

Apr 29, 2014

Senate

Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

Apr 28, 2014

Senate

From committee: Do pass. (Ayes 5. Noes 0. Page 3277.) (April 28).

Apr 22, 2014

Senate

Set for hearing April 28.

Apr 21, 2014

Senate

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

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

Apr 10, 2014

Senate

From committee: Do pass as amended and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 8. Noes 0. Page 3162.) (April 9).

Mar 26, 2014

Senate

Set for hearing April 9.

Mar 25, 2014

Senate

Set, first hearing. Hearing canceled at the request of author.

Mar 14, 2014

Senate

Set for hearing March 26.

Feb 27, 2014

Senate

Referred to Com. on HEALTH.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on HEALTH.

Feb 18, 2014

Senate

From printer. May be acted upon on or after March 20.

Feb 14, 2014

Senate

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

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02/14/14 - Introduced PDF
04/21/14 - Amended Senate PDF
06/26/14 - Amended Assembly PDF
08/05/14 - Enrolled PDF
08/15/14 - Chaptered PDF

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