Health Plans Concerned With Bills To Expand Coverage
A dozen bills pending in the Legislature could add up to $709 million in premium costs for California residents, according to the California Association of Health Plans, which represents the state's HMOs. The bills would mandate expansions of coverage for autism, breast cancer screenings, mental health care and other services. However, Susan Philip -- director of the California Health Benefits Review Program -- said there likely would be monetary overlap among the bills if they all passed.
- "Plans Say Bills Are Too Burdensome" (Payers & Providers, 4/28).