SFGate: Lawmakers approve health insurance protections

By JUDY LIN, Associated Press
Updated 3:36 pm, Monday, April 29, 2013

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — State lawmakers sent Gov. Jerry Brown a pair of consumer protection bills Monday that prevent health insurance companies from discriminating against people with pre-existing conditions and limit how much more insurers can charge older residents.

The legislation updates California laws to match new rules under the federal Affordable Care Act and will give state agencies the power to enforce and regulate individual insurance rules.

The Assembly passed ABx1-2 on a 49-20 vote, while the Senate passed SBx1-2 on a 27-9 vote. The Assembly bill makes changes to the insurance code, while the Senate bill makes changes to the health and safety code.

The bills now go to the governor, who is expected to sign them. They were part of a special legislative session convened by Brown to implement national health care reforms in California.

The governor’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday.

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