Governor Brown to call special session on healthcare reform

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Aug. 30, 2012

Earlier this month, Governor Jerry Brown (D) announced that he would convene a special session at the beginning of the next legislative year to focus on California’s remaining responsibilities related to the implementation of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).

According to his letter addressed to both Senate pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) and Assembly Speaker John Perez (D-Los Angeles), the special session will provide an opportunity for the Legislature to consider “many important issues and questions [that] cannot be addressed or answered without further guidance from the federal government and additional analysis to understand the interrelationship of the decisions we must make.”

California Health and Human Services Secretary Diana Dooley expects that during this special session, the Legislature will work on preparing the state for PPACA implementation in addition to enacting several new state policies including the health benefit exchange system.  Dooley, who recommended to the Governor that he call a special session, indicated that it could be called either in December or January and would run concurrently with the regular legislative session.

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