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July 30, 2008

California Governor Signs Health Care Protection Bill

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed AB 1150 by Assemblymember Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) which bans health insurance companies from rewarding their employees for canceling or limiting a patient's health insurance. While the Governor signed AB 1150 because of the urgent need to protect consumers from unfair health care rescissions, he continues to believe that health care reform must be comprehensive.

To that end, he has proposed legislation that would be the building blocks of comprehensive health care reform and is working with the legislature on a joint solution that will protect consumers, control costs and promote prevention.

"Until we achieve comprehensive health care reform, stopping unfair health care rescissions is an urgently needed consumer protection," Governor Schwarzenegger said. "This terrible practice further illustrates the erosion of the California health care system and the need for comprehensive health care reform. Today we are standing up for consumers by putting an end to a deplorable practice, and I will continue working with my partners in the legislature to stop unfair health care rescissions once and for all."

The Governor's goal of comprehensive health care reform would make health care rescissions a problem of the past. The Governor's AB x1 1, the Health Care Security and Reduction Act, would have required that all Californians take responsibility for their health coverage while guaranteeing that no Californian is turned away from buying Calfiornia health insurance based on their age or medical history.

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Posted by healthinsurance at July 30, 2008 08:35 PM