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Focus on lowering health care costs not just health insurance rates
San Francisco Chronicle

The California Assembly Health Committee held a hearing today on proposed legislation that would allow the state to regulate health insurance rates before the bill passed out of committee with 12 votes. AB52, authored by Michael Feuer, D-Los Angeles, would let regulators reject proposed rate increases deemed excessive or unfairly discriminatory. Regulators in 28 states already have this “prior approval” authority. It didn’t make it into the federal law, though some consider it part of the unfinished business of federal health reform.

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