CAHU 2012 Priority Bills

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2012 CAHU Top Priority Bill Status Report

as of 11/28/2014

 
  AB 52 (Feuer D)   Health care coverage: rate approval.
  Current Text: Amended: 6/1/2011   pdf   html
  Introduced: 12/6/2010
  Last Amend: 6/1/2011
  Status: 9/1/2012-Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(b)(17). (Last location was S. INACTIVE FILE on 9/1/2011)
  Location: 9/1/2012-S. DEAD
  Summary: Would further require a health care service plan or health insurer that issues individual or group contracts or policies to file with the Department of Managed Health Care or the Department of Insurance, on and after January 1, 2012, a complete rate application for any proposed rate, as defined, or rate change, and would prohibit the Department of Managed Health Care or the Department of Insurance from approving any rate or rate change that is found to be excessive, inadequate, or unfairly discriminatory. The bill would require the rate application to include certain rate information. The bill would authorize the Department of Managed Health Care or the Department of Insurance to approve, deny, or modify any proposed rate or rate change, and would authorize the Department of Managed Health Care and the Department of Insurance to review any rate or rate change that went into effect between January 1, 2011, and January 1, 2012, and to order refunds, subject to these provisions. The bill would authorize the imposition of fees on health care service plans and health insurers for purposes of implementation, for deposit into newly created funds, subject to appropriation. The bill would impose civil penalties on a health care service plan or health insurer, and subject a health care service plan to discipline, for a violation of these provisions, as specified. The bill would establish proceedings for the review of any action taken under those provisions related to rate applications and would require the Department of Managed Health Care and the Department of Insurance, and plans and insurers, to disclose specified information on the Internet pertaining to rate applications and those proceedings. The bill would require the Department of Managed Health Care or the Department of Insurance, or the court, to award reasonable advocate's fees , including expert witness fees, and other reasonable costs in those proceedings under specified circumstances, to be paid by the plan or insurer. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.
    Organization  Position  Priority  Assigned     
    CAHU  Oppose  AA--folder  MDB, JULI     
    Notes 1: 
CAHU TOP PRIORITY BILL 2012

CAHU opposes AB 52 that seeks to impose an unprecedented system of rate regulation on health plans and health insurers in California. AB 52 mandates that any change in premium rates, level of service, co-pays, deductibles and annual out-of-pocket maximums must be approved by either the Department of Managed Health or the Department of Insurance. CAHU believes this will cause excessive bureaucratic interference and delays that will likely increase health care costs for consumers.
 
  AB 137 (Portantino D)   Health care coverage: mammographies.
  Current Text: Chaptered: 9/22/2012   pdf   html
  Introduced: 1/12/2011
  Last Amend: 8/22/2012
  Status: 9/22/2012-Chaptered by the Secretary of State, Chapter Number 436, Statutes of 2012
  Location: 9/22/2012-A. CHAPTERED
  Summary: Would provide that specified health care service plan contracts, except specialized health care service plan contracts, and individual or group policies of health insurance shall be deemed to provide coverage for mammographies for screening or diagnostic purposes upon referral of a participating nurse practitioner, participating certified nurse-midwife, participating physician assistant, or participating physician, as specified. Because this bill would specify additional requirements for health care service plans, the willful violation of which would be a crime, it would impose a state-mandated local program. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.
    Organization  Position  Priority  Assigned     
    CAHU  Support  AA  MDB, JULI     
    Notes 1: 
CAHU TOP PRIORITY BILL 2012

CAHU SUPPORTS AB 137 because the bill's provisions address the potentially high cost of treating breast cancer by allowing health care professionals to order diagnostic tests based on a more complete list of risk factors, rather than just solely by age, in order to find and treat at earlier stages of the disease.
 
  AB 154 (Beall D)   Health care coverage: mental health services.
  Current Text: Amended: 1/23/2012   pdf   html
  Introduced: 1/18/2011
  Last Amend: 1/23/2012
  Status: 7/6/2012-Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(b)(13). (Last location was S. HEALTH on 2/16/2012)
  Location: 7/6/2012-S. DEAD
  Summary: Would expand this coverage requirement for certain health care service plan contracts and health insurance policies issued, amended, or renewed on or after January 1, 2013 , to include the diagnosis and treatment of a mental illness of a person of any age and would define mental illness for this purpose as a mental disorder defined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders IV (DSM-IV) , including substance abuse but excluding nicotine dependence and specified diagnoses defined in the manual, subject to regulatory revision, as specified. The bill would specify that this requirement does not apply to a health care benefit plan, contract, or health insurance policy with the Board of Administration of the Public Employees' Retirement System unless the board elects to purchase a plan, contract, or policy that provides mental health coverage. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.
    Organization  Position  Priority  Assigned     
    CAHU  Oppose  AA  MDB, JULI     
    Notes 1: 
CAHU TOP PRIORITY BILL 2012

CAHU OPPOSES AB 154 which will increase the cost of health care by mandating that health insurance plans include new, expanded coverage for over 400 mental disorders identified in the latest Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders IV.
 
  AB 1510 (Garrick R)   Income tax: health savings accounts.
  Current Text: Amended: 4/10/2012   pdf   html
  Introduced: 1/12/2012
  Last Amend: 4/10/2012
  Status: 9/1/2012-Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(b)(17). (Last location was A. REV. & TAX on 5/15/2012)
  Location: 9/1/2012-A. DEAD
  Summary: Would, for taxable years beginning on and after January 1, 2013, allow a deduction in connection with health savings accounts in conformity with federal law. In general, the deduction would be an amount equal to the aggregate amount paid in cash during the taxable year by, or on behalf of, an eligible individual, as defined, to a health savings account of that individual, as provided. This bill would, for taxable years beginning on and after January 1, 2013, also provide related conformity to that federal law with respect to the allowance of rollovers from Archer Medical Savings Accounts, health flexible spending arrangements, or health reimbursement accounts to a health savings account, and penalties in connection therewith. This bill contains other related provisions.
    Organization  Position  Priority  Assigned     
    CAHU  Support  AA--folder  MDB, JULI     
    Notes 1:  CAHU TOP PRIORITY BILL 2012

CAHU supports AB 1510 which seeks to provide California employers, employees and individual consumers with significant tax savings by conforming state tax law on health savings accounts to match federal tax law. California is one of just three states that do not permit HSA tax deductions.
 
  AB 1761 (John A. Pérez D)   California Health Benefit Exchange.
  Current Text: Chaptered: 9/30/2012   pdf   html
  Introduced: 2/17/2012
  Last Amend: 8/14/2012
  Status: 9/30/2012-Chaptered by the Secretary of State, Chapter Number 876, Statutes of 2012
  Location: 9/30/2012-A. CHAPTERED
  Summary: Would prohibit an individual or entity from holding himself, herself, or itself out as representing, constituting, or otherwise providing services on behalf of the Exchange unless that individual or entity has a valid agreement with the Exchange to engage in those activities. The bill would specify that it is an unfair business practice for health care service plans, entities engaged in the solicitation of health care service plan contracts, and persons engaged in the business of insurance to violate this provision. Because a willful violation of the provisions governing health care service plans is a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.
    Organization  Position  Priority  Assigned     
    CAHU  Support  AA--folder  MDB, JULI     
    Notes 1:  CAHU TOP PRIORITY BILL 2012

CAHU SUPPORTS AB 1761, which seeks to protect health care consumers by barring a health insurance plan, product or representative from being held out as an approved plan or representative of the California Health Benefit Exchange unless they already have written agreement with the Exchange.
 
  AB 1800 (Ma D)   Health care coverage.
  Current Text: Amended: 8/6/2012   pdf   html
  Introduced: 2/21/2012
  Last Amend: 8/6/2012
  Status: 8/17/2012-Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(b)(14). (Last location was S. APPR. on 8/16/2012)
  Location: 8/17/2012-S. DEAD
  Summary: Would, commencing January 1, 2014, require a health care service plan contract and a health insurance policy, except for a specialized plan or policy, to provide for a limit on annual out-of-pocket expenses for certain covered benefits, except as specified, and would provide that this limit shall not exceed that federal limit. The bill would also provide, commencing January 1, 2014, that these provisions shall not be construed to affect the reduction in cost sharing for eligible insureds described in federal law. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.
    Organization  Position  Priority  Assigned     
    CAHU  Neutral  AA--folder  MDB, JULI     
    Notes 1:  CAHU TOP PRIORITY BILL 2012

Originally opposed by CAHU, AB 1800 subsequently amended to address concerns over drafting errors in the bill. As now amended, AB 1800 conforms state requirements with federal caps on all insured expenses (co-pays, deductibles, etc, including prescription drugs). These caps currently exist for all HSA plans and are slated to be included in all health plans as of 2014 as required by the federal ACA.
 
  AB 1963 (Huber D)   Income taxes: sales and use taxes: Legislative Analyst's Office: report.
  Current Text: Vetoed: 9/29/2012   pdf   html
  Introduced: 2/23/2012
  Last Amend: 8/7/2012
  Status: 9/29/2012-Vetoed by the Governor
  Location: 9/29/2012-A. VETOED
  Summary: Current law imposes taxes based upon taxable income, at specified rates, and imposes state sales and use taxes on retailers and on the storage, use, or other consumption of tangible personal property in this state. This bill would require the Legislative Analyst's Office to assess potential changes to the laws described above in order to reduce revenue volatility and to provide a report including these assessments to the Legislature on or before July 1, 2013. This bill also would repeal obsolete provisions requiring a report by the Legislative Analyst to the Legislature in 2004.
    Organization  Position  Priority  Assigned     
    CAHU  Watch  AA--Coalition  MDB, JULI     
    Notes 1:  CAHU TOP PRIORITY BILL 2012

Originally opposed by CAHU AB 1963 which sought to increase business costs by extending the sales and use tax to all services as a source of new revenue for the state of California. AB 1963 was subsequently reduced to require a study of a sales tax increase impact.

4/25/2012 - Recommendation: At next Exec Legislative Council Meeting: Revise position to Watch
 
  AB 2540 (Gatto D)   Veterans' Home of California: county veterans service officers.
  Current Text: Amended: 4/25/2012   pdf   html
  Introduced: 2/24/2012
  Last Amend: 4/25/2012
  Status: 4/27/2012-Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(b)(5). (Last location was A. REV. & TAX on 4/26/2012)
  Location: 4/27/2012-A. DEAD
  Summary: Would continuously appropriate, on a fiscal year basis, from the General Fund, $90 million to the Department of Veterans Affairs for the purpose of operating specified veterans' homes in California and $15 million to the Department of Veterans Affairs for the purposes of funding county veterans service officers, thereby making an appropriation.
    Organization  Position  Priority  Assigned     
    CAHU  No_Position  AA--Coalition  MDB, JULI     
    Notes 1:  CAHU originally opposed AB 2540 that sought to increase business costs by extending the sales and use tax to specified services as a source of new revenue for the state of California. AB 2540 was subsequently gutted and amended to cover veterans issues.
 
  SB 1170 (Leno D)   Senior insurance.
  Current Text: Chaptered: 9/27/2012   pdf   html
  Introduced: 2/22/2012
  Last Amend: 5/1/2012
  Status: 9/27/2012-Chaptered by the Secretary of State, Chapter Number 653, Statutes of 2012
  Location: 9/27/2012-S. CHAPTERED
  Summary: Would expand that provision to include advertising or promoting any event, presentation, seminar, workshop, or other public gathering regarding veterans' benefits or entitlements that does not include a statement that the person disseminating the statement is not authorized to file an initial application for veterans' benefits or that the event is not sponsored by or affiliated with specified veterans' organizations, including the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. The bill would also make a conforming change. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.
    Organization  Position  Priority  Assigned     
    CAHU  Watch-High Priority  AA--folder  MDB, JULI     
    Notes 1:  CAHU TOP PRIORITY BILL 2012

SB 1170 seeks to protect vulnerable older Californians by clarifying what may and may not be used in advertisements directed to persons 65 years or older, to also include veterans.
 
  SB 1313 (Lieu D)   Health care coverage.
  Current Text: Amended: 5/2/2012   pdf   html
  Introduced: 2/23/2012
  Last Amend: 5/2/2012
  Status: 5/25/2012-Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(b)(8). (Last location was S. APPR. on 5/24/2012)
  Location: 5/25/2012-S. DEAD
  Summary: Would, until January 1, 2020, authorize the director to extend this period of review by an additional 90 days. The bill would also require health insurers to comply with similar advertising requirements. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.
    Organization  Position  Priority  Assigned     
    CAHU  Oppose_unless_Amend  AA--folder  MDB, JULI     
    Notes 1:  CAHU TOP PRIORITY BILL 2012

CAHU OPPOSES UNLESS AMENDED SB 1313 which contains onerous provisions placing agents and brokers, as well as insurers, at risk of new private-right-of-action lawsuits, fines and penalties if they advertise, market, sell, solicit or negotiate health insurance coverage in any fashion believed to be misleading.
 
  SB 1552 (Gaines R)   Taxation: qualified long-term care insurance.
  Current Text: Amended: 4/17/2012   pdf   html
  Introduced: 2/24/2012
  Last Amend: 4/17/2012
  Status: 9/1/2012-Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(b)(17). (Last location was S. G. & F. on 5/9/2012)
  Location: 9/1/2012-S. DEAD
  Summary: The Personal Income Tax Law conforms to the federal Internal Revenue Code with regard to qualified long-term care insurance, with certain exceptions. This bill would remove the exceptions, and would conform the Personal Income Tax Law to the federal income tax law with regard to qualified long-term care insurance, as provided. This bill contains other related provisions.
    Organization  Position  Priority  Assigned     
    CAHU  Support  AA--folder  MDB, JULI     
    Notes 1:  CAHU TOP PRIORITY BILL 2012

CAHU SUPPORTS SB 1552 which seeks to conform California Personal Income Tax law to the federal income tax law with regard to qualified long-term care insurance.

Total Measures: 11

Total Tracking Forms: 11



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