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State moves closer to setting health insurance standards
Ventura County Star

State lawmakers this week moved toward establishing a minimum standard of coverage that all individual and small-group health insurance policies will have to provide after federal health-care reform takes effect in 2014. The benchmark plan, approved by the health committees in both the Senate and Assembly this week, is the one currently offered as the Kaiser Small Group HMO — a plan that Senate Health Committee Chairman Ed Hernandez, D-Los Angeles, described as one that “balances affordability with coverage of important benefits.”