CSAC Bulletin Article

Health and Human Services 02/01/2013

First Bills Introduced in Special Session on Health Care Reform

Both houses of the legislature have introduced measures in Governor Brown’s week-old extraordinary legislative session on health care reform, signaling lawmakers’ interest in moving quickly to expand Medicaid and implement key provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Bills in both houses – ABX1 1 by Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez and Assembly Member and Health Committee Chair Richard Pan, and SBX1 1 by Senate pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg and Health Committee Chair Ed Hernandez, would expand eligibility for Medi-Cal for single childless adults up to 137 percent of the Federal Poverty Level. This is often referred to as the Medicaid Expansion, and is a top priority for the Legislature.

Senator Hernandez also introduced SBX1 2, which codifies provisions related to insurers in the individual and group markets. 

Special Session hearings on these measures and other issues have not yet been scheduled. 

The Governor has tasked the Legislature with tackling issues related to the state’s private health coverage market, required changes to Medi-Cal, and the creation of a safety net subsidized insurance program, similar to the concept of a Basic Health Plan, which would allow low-cost health coverage through the Exchange (called Covered California) for those with income up to 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). Because of the Governor’s broad language in issuing the proclamation for the Special Session, the Legislature may also take up the Medicaid expansion, as above, and other issues. 

View the Governor’s proclamation here

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