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SB-1156 Health care service plans and health insurance: 3rd-party payments.(2017-2018)

Bill Status
Leyva (S)
Health care service plans and health insurance: 3rd-party payments.
An act to add Section 1367.016 to the Health and Safety Code, and to add Section 10176.11 to the Insurance Code, relating to health care coverage.

Type of Measure
Active Bill - In Floor Process
Majority Vote Required
Fiscal Committee
State-Mandated Local Program
Non-Tax levy
Last 5 History Actions
Date Action
11/30/18 Last day to consider Governor’s veto pursuant to Joint Rule 58.5.
09/30/18 In Senate. Consideration of Governor's veto pending.
09/30/18 Vetoed by the Governor.
09/10/18 Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4 p.m.
08/30/18 Assembly amendments concurred in. (Ayes 26. Noes 8. Page 6021.) Ordered to engrossing and enrolling.
Governor's Veto Message
To the Members of the California State Senate:

I am returning Senate Bill 1156 without my signature.

This bill attempts to prohibit the questionable practice of financially interested entities providing premium assistance payments to patients for the purpose of obtaining higher fees for medical services.

I believe, however, that this bill goes too far as it would permit health plans and insurers to refuse premium assistance payments and to choose which patients they will cover. I encourage all stakeholders to continue to work to together to find a more narrowly tailored solution that ensures patients' access to coverage.


Edmund G. Brown Jr.