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Insurers back proposed California health plan tax
Sacramento Bee

Most of California’s health insurance companies said Wednesday they’re supporting Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to restructure a tax on health plans.

As the administration worked to line up votes, state Assembly and Senate committees heard a generally supportive message from the industry that would pay the tax. Support from insurers, and their assurance that premiums won’t rise, is critical to winning support from the needed two-thirds of lawmakers.

The California Association of Health Plans said the bill would secure funding for Medi-Cal while protecting the affordability of health plans.