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AB-788 Health insurance.(2011-2012)

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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2011–2012 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 788


Introduced  by  Assembly Member Pan

February 17, 2011


An act to amend Section 10133.5 of the Insurance Code, relating to health insurance.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 788, as introduced, Pan. Health insurance.
Existing law provides for the regulation of health insurers by the Department of Insurance. Existing law requires the Insurance Commissioner, on or before January 1, 2004, to promulgate regulations meeting specified standards applicable to health insurers that contract with providers for alternative rates. Existing law requires the department to report to specified committees of the Legislature on March 1, 2003, and March 1, 2004, regarding the implementation of the regulations.
This bill would delete the provisions requiring the department to report to the Legislature on those dates.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 10133.5 of the Insurance Code is amended to read:

10133.5.
 (a) The commissioner shall, on or before January 1, 2004, promulgate regulations applicable to health insurers which contract with providers for alternative rates pursuant to Section 10133 to ensure that insureds have the opportunity to access needed health care services in a timely manner.
(b) These regulations shall be designed to assure accessibility of provider services in a timely manner to individuals comprising the insured or contracted group, pursuant to benefits covered under the policy or contract. The regulations shall insure:

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(1) Adequacy of number and locations of institutional facilities and professional providers, and consultants in relationship to the size and location of the insured group and that the services offered are available at reasonable times.

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(2) Adequacy of number of professional providers, and license classifications of such providers, in relationship to the projected demands for services covered under the group policy or plan. The department shall consider the nature of the specialty in determining the adequacy of professional providers.

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(3) The policy or contract is not inconsistent with standards of good health care and clinically appropriate care.

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(4) All contracts including contracts with providers, and other persons furnishing services, or facilities shall be fair and reasonable.
(c) In developing standards under subdivision (a), the department shall also consider requirements under federal law; requirements under other state programs and law, including utilization review; and standards adopted by other states, national accrediting organizations and professional associations. The department shall further consider the accessability to provider services in rural areas.
(d) In designing the regulations the commissioner shall consider the regulations in Title 28, of the California Administrative Code of Regulations, commencing with Section 1300.67.2, which are applicable to Knox-Keene plans, and all other relevant guidelines in an effort to accomplish maximum accessibility within a cost efficient system of indemnification. The department shall consult with the Department of Managed Health Care concerning regulations developed by that department pursuant to Section 1367.03 of the Health and Safety Code and shall seek public input from a wide range of interested parties.
(e) Health insurers that contract for alternative rates of payment with providers shall report annually on complaints received by the insurer regarding timely access to care. The department shall review these complaints and any complaints received by the department regarding timeliness of care and shall make public this information.

(f)The department shall report to the Assembly Committee on Health and the Senate Committee on Insurance of the Legislature on March 1, 2003, and on March 1, 2004, regarding the progress towards the implementation of this section.

(g)

(f) Every three years, the commissioner shall review the latest version of the regulations adopted pursuant to subdivision (a) and shall determine if the regulations should be updated to further the intent of this section.