LA Times: Bill requiring lawmakers to use state insurance exchange fizzles

By Melanie Mason

SACRAMENTO — A measure that would have required lawmakers to use the state’s insurance exchange to get their healthcare benefits failed in an Assembly committee Friday.

Assemblyman Brian Nestande (R-Palm Desert) introduced the bill last October, coinciding with the launch of Covered California, the insurance marketplace created under President Obama‘s landmark healthcare overhaul.

Nestande proposed that lawmakers who wanted to receive health benefits through the Legislature enroll through the exchange. The plan would make legislators more responsive to issues that users may have with the exchange’s website or other enrollment concerns, Nestande said at the time.

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