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Official takes on health insurers
Pasadena Star

From the day he was sworn in as California’s new insurance commissioner, Dave Jones has come out swinging.

His primary target? Health insurers.

Jones, a former Sacramento councilman and assemblyman, now runs the Department of Insurance, which regulates most PPO plans. (The Department of Managed Health Care primarily regulates HMOs.) On inauguration day last month, Jones immediately called for an emergency regulation giving him the authority to enforce a provision of the federal health care overhaul requiring health insurers to spend at least 80 percent of premium dollars on medical services. The regulation now is in effect.