Health care rate control bill stalls in Senate

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Sept. 23, 2011

A controversial push to give state regulators the power to reject increases in health insurance rates stalled in the state Senate at the end of session. AB 52 (Mike Feuer, D-Los Angeles) would have let the state insurance commissioner or the director of the Department of Managed Health Care reject or modify proposed rate increases found to be excessive, inadequate or discriminatory.

The bill cleared the Assembly on a party-line vote in June. However, growing opposition, including the Governor’s Department of Finance, led the author to realize there were not enough votes in the Senate to pass the bill. Feuer has indicated he will continue to work for the bill’s passage next year.

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