California Moves Forward on Health Bills to Counteract Trump Policies

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Several bills state legislators are considering this month will take aim at efforts by the Trump administration to weaken provisions of the Affordable Care Act. Photo: iStock

Lawmakers are considering several bills this month aimed at stabilizing California’s health insurance marketplace, despite a state budget deal that effectively killed other, more expensive proposals.

Several bills take aim at efforts by the Trump administration to weaken provisions of the Affordable Care Act. Key proposals include Senate Bill 910, which would prohibit insurance companies from selling short-term, watered-down insurance in California. The bill would counteract an executive order by President Trump last year that sought to make it easier for people to buy short-term insurance instead of comprehensive health coverage.

Another proposal under consideration is Assembly Bill 2499, which codifies into state law an Obama-era requirement that insurers spend at least 80 percent of premium dollars on medical care, not on administrative expenses or profits. A new federal rule issued in April allows states to lower this requirement if they choose.