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Health Reform Legislation Advances
The Bay Citizen

Dave Jones, California’s insurance commissioner, can deny rate increases requested by auto and life insurance companies. But his office has never had the authority to say “no” to health insurers when they file for rate increases. That could change this year.

On Tuesday, the Assembly’s Health Committee passed AB52, a bill that would give the commissioner the authority to deny rate hikes. The bill, sponsored by Assemblyman Mike Feuer (D-LA), faces strong opposition from the health insurance industry and has strong support from consumer advocates.