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CA AB 2258

Title: Health care coverage: cost sharing.
Author: Rick Chavez Zbur

Summary
AB 2258, as amended, Zbur. Health care coverage: cost sharing. Existing law, the Knox-Keene Health Care Service Plan Act of 1975, provides for the licensure and regulation of health care service plans by the Department of Managed Health Care, and makes a willful violation of the act a crime. Existing law provides for the regulation of health insurers by the Department of Insurance. Existing law requires a group or individual nongrandfathered health care service plan contract or health insurance policy to provide coverage for, and prohibits a contract or policy from imposing cost-sharing requirements for, specified preventive care services and screenings.This bill would prohibit a group or individual nongrandfathered health care service plan contract or health insurance policy issued, amended, or renewed on or after January 1, 2025, from imposing a cost-sharing requirement for items or services that are integral to the provision of the above-described preventive care services and screenings. The bill would require those contracts and policies to cover items and services for those preventive care services and screenings, including home test kits for sexually transmitted diseases and specified cancer screenings. Because a willful violation of these provisions by a health care service plan would be a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. The bill would authorize the Insurance Commissioner to impose a civil penalty of not more than $5,000 against an insurer for each violation of these provisions, or not more than $10,000 per violation if the violation was willful.The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

Status
Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

Bill Documents
CA AB 2258 - 06/24/24 - Amended Senate
06/24/24 - CA AB 2258 (06/24/24 - Amended Senate)


CA AB 2258 - 04/01/24 - Amended Assembly
04/01/24 - CA AB 2258 (04/01/24 - Amended Assembly)

CA AB 2258 - 02/08/24 - Introduced
02/08/24 - CA AB 2258 (02/08/24 - Introduced)