Insured and Uninsured
In AB 12, Assembly member Jim Beall (D-San Jose) proposed creating a program that would help provide health insurance coverage to employees of small businesses. Funding for the program would come from employer and worker contributions, private contributions, and federal and state funds (Bill text, 3/13). The Assembly Health Committee is weighing the bill (Bill status, 3/13).
Assembly member Mervyn Dymally (D-Compton) amended a measure (AB 54) to include a requirement that health plans cover acupuncture. Provisions of the bill related to workers' compensation insurance -- the initial focus of the measure -- were deleted (Bill text, 3/8). The Assembly Insurance Committee is considering the bill (Bill status, 3/12).