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New California healthcare laws expand consumer protections
Los Angeles Times

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bevy of new healthcare laws designed to expand consumer protections for Californians in need of health insurance or medical care.

One measure, SB 51, requires health insurers in the state to comply with mandates in the new federal healthcare overhaul. Under federal reform, insurers must spend at least 80% of the premiums they collect on the healthcare of their customers in the individual and small-business markets. The figure rises to 85% for premiums collected from large businesses.