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A California legislative committee on Wednesday narrowly approved a bill that would give state officials the power to reject proposed health insurance rate increases, but even some supporters said it will need major changes to survive.
A bill that would allow state officials to reject rate increases proposed by health insurers is under intense lobbying pressure as it faces a key committee vote this week.
Anthem Blue Cross has agreed to settle a lawsuit that accused the health insurer of manipulating policies and forcing California patients into higher deductible policies with fewer benefits.
Democrats in the California Assembly on Thursday narrowly approved giving state regulators the power to reject rate hikes proposed by health insurers, voting after Republican lawmakers walked out of the chamber in protest.
San Francisco is suing three insurance companies on claims that they underpaid San Francisco General Hospital for emergency services given to policyholders.
Double-digit rate hikes for 120,000 Anthem Blue Cross health insurance policyholders will take effect Sunday.
Anthem Blue Cross, the largest health plan in California, said Monday it will delay and reduce rate hikes that would have hit some 600,000 policyholders at an estimated cost of $40 million.
California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones is calling for changes as the state’s health insurance premiums continue to rise.
Some Anthem Blue Cross policyholders in California are facing rate hikes that will average almost 15 percent — but they’re not the same policyholders who saw rates hiked an average of 25 percent last year.
After a state audit, California’s seven largest health insurers face nearly $5 million in fines for wrongly refusing to pay claims to hospitals and physicians.