LA Times: Healthcare law will have new California Legislature scrambling

Lawmakers will need to move quickly to clear the way for Californians’ enrollment in a new state-run insurance market next fall in the run-up to the Affordable Care Act.

By Michael J. Mishak, Los Angeles TimesDecember 2, 2012, 10:40 p.m. 

SACRAMENTO — When state lawmakers are sworn in Monday for the new legislative session, they will have little time to enjoy the pomp and circumstance.

Facing a federal deadline, the Legislature must move quickly to pass measures to implement President Obama‘s healthcare law and revamp the state’s insurance market. New legislation will help extend coverage to millions of uninsured Californians and solidify the state’s reputation as a key laboratory for the federal law.

Legislative leaders have said they also want to overhaul environmental regulations, curb soaring tuition at public colleges, and tweak the state’s tax structure and ballot-initiative system.

But healthcare remains one of the largest and most immediate challenges.

The federal Affordable Care Act takes effect in January 2014, when most Americans face the requirement to buy health insurance or pay a penalty. State lawmakers must pass a series of rules to clear the way for enrollment in a new state-run insurance market next fall, including a requirement for insurers to cover consumers who have preexisting medical conditions and limits on how much they can charge based on age.

 

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