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2011

Governor Brown's Signing of SB 51

October 11, 2011
Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation, SB 51, which will provide California health insurance customers with new consumer protections starting Jan. 1, 2012. more >>>

Signing of Senate Bill 946

October 9, 2011
The following is a statement from Patrick Johnston, president of the California
Association of Health Plans, on the signing of SB 946 (Steinberg) more >>>

[Autism] Mandate Increases Health Care Costs by
Nearly $850 Million Each Year

September 26, 2011
The mandate requiring health insurance to cover educational costs for autism,
which is included in SB 946 (Steinberg), would increase all Californians' health care
costs by nearly $850 million a year more >>>

Response to Decision to Halt AB 52
From Going Forward

August 31, 2011
Given Assembly Member Mike Feuer's decision to pull AB 52, a misguided legislative proposal to control health care costs by placing arbitrary limits on insurance premiums, due to a lack of support by state senators, Patrick Johnston, president and CEO of the California Association of Health Plans, issued the following statement: more >>>

California's Regional Council of Rural Counties
Opposes Current Version of AB 52

August 31, 2011
California's Regional Council of Rural Counties (RCRC), which represents more
than half of the state's 58 counties, is asking legislators to vote no on the
current version of AB 52 more >>>

Response to California State Senate
Appropriations
Committee Vote on AB 52

August 25, 2011
The California State Senate Appropriations Committee voted today to send AB 52, a deeply flawed legislative proposal to control health care costs by placing arbitrary limits on insurance premiums, to the full Senate. more >>>

League of California Cities Opposes AB 52

August 23, 2011
The League of California Cities (League), which is a collective voice for California's cities on policy, is urging legislators to vote no on AB 52—a misguided legislative proposal for health insurance rate regulation—citing the bill's undermining impact on local governments' ability to collectively bargain health insurance benefits and premiums with employees. more >>>

CalPERS Board Votes to Oppose AB 52;
Seeks Exemption

August 17, 2011
The board of the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS), which negotiates health and retirement benefits for more than 1.6 million people, voted today to oppose the current version of AB 52—a misguided legislative proposal for health insurance rate regulation—unless it is amended to exclude CalPERS. more >>>

California Department of Finance Opposes AB 52

August 16, 2011
California's Department of Finance issued its analysis and opposition to AB 52—a misguided legislative proposal for health insurance rate regulation—yesterday, citing a cost of nearly $58 million to implement the bill and necessary staff increases to handle the influx of reviews that are impractical to achieve. more >>>

Inland Empire Opposition to AB 52 Continues to Grow

August 10, 2011
Inland Empire opposition to AB 52—a misguided legislative proposal for health insurance rate regulation—continues to grow because of the bill's potential impact on local businesses and patient access to care. more >>>

Central Valley Opposition to AB 52 Continues to Grow

August 1, 2011
Central Valley opposition to AB 52—a misguided legislative proposal for health insurance rate regulation—continues to grow because of the bill's potential impact on local businesses and patient access to care. more >>>

Health Exchange Board Requests
Exemption from Rate Regulation Bill

July 25, 2011
The California Health Benefit Exchange Board voted on Friday to seek an exemption from the provisions of AB 52, which would require prior approval of health insurance rates by regulators. more >>>

Response to California State Senate Committee
on Health Vote on AB 52

July 6, 2011
The California State Senate Committee on Health voted today to send AB 52, a flawed health insurance regulation, to the Senate Appropriations Committee. Following is Patrick Johnston, president and CEO of the California Association of Health Plans, statement in response to today's vote: more >>>

Response to California State Senate Committee
on Health Hearing on AB 52

June 29, 2011
The California State Senate Committee on Health held an informational hearing today on AB 52—misguided health insurance regulation currently being considered by the California Legislature. more >>>

Response to Assembly Floor Vote on AB 52

June 2, 2011
Amidst intense political drama, the California State Assembly today voted to approve AB 52— a bill that would create a vast new regulatory bureaucracy for health plans and hinder their ability to offer new products or change existing ones proposed health care. more >>>

Opposition to AB 52 Grows

June 1, 2011
Opposition to AB 52—proposed health insurance rate regulation legislation—continues to mount as more groups voice dissent to the bill. more >>>

Broad Group of Doctors, Business Leaders and
Others Join Opposition of AB 52

May 24, 2011
Opposition to AB 52—California's proposed health insurance rate regulation legislation—continues to grow with nearly 50 groups throughout the state registering their dissent to the measure. more >>>

Study Findings Regarding Emergency Dept. Closures

May 24, 2011
New study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found hospitals, especially those serving the urban poor, are closing their emergency rooms at an alarming rate: 27% shut down from 1990-2007. more >>>

Response to Consumer Watchdog Claims
About Health Care Rate Regulation

May 11, 2011
Consumer Watchdog—a group that stands to gain millions of dollars in financial rewards if AB 52 (health care rate regulation) is enacted—released a new study on rate regulation today. more >>>

Response to AB 52

April 26, 2011
The California State Assembly is in the process of considering AB 52, a bill that would create a vast new regulatory bureaucracy for health plans and hinder their ability to offer new products or change existing ones. more >>>

Joint Legislative Hearing Addresses
Rising Cost of Medical Care

March 15, 2011
Healthcare costs in the United States have reached record-breaking levels. The impacts are being felt across the nation as patients, providers, insurers and policymakers grapple with skyrocketing medical bills. more >>>

HMO Ratings Show Patients Receiving
High Quality Care

March 10, 2011
In response to the release of the California Office of the Patient Advocate's
2010 HMO Report Card, CAHP CEO Patrick Johnston issued the following
statement: more >>>

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