CA AB 2749

Title: California Health Benefit Exchange: financial assistance.
Author: Jim Wood

AB 2749, as amended, Wood. California Health Benefit Exchange: financial assistance. Existing federal law, the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), requires each state to establish an American Health Benefit Exchange to facilitate the purchase of qualified health benefit plans by qualified individuals and qualified small employers. PPACA authorizes a state to apply to the United States Department of Health and Human Services for a state innovation waiver of any or all PPACA requirements, if certain criteria are met, including that the state has enacted a law that provides for state actions under a waiver. Existing state law creates the California Health Benefit Exchange (Exchange), also known as Covered California, to facilitate the enrollment of qualified individuals and qualified small employers in qualified health plans as required under PPACA. Existing law requires the Exchange, upon appropriation by the Legislature, to administer a program of financial assistance beginning July 1, 2023, to help Californians obtain and maintain health benefits through the Exchange if they lose employer-provided health care coverage as a result of a labor dispute, as specified. Under existing law, if specified eligibility requirements are met, an individual who has lost minimum essential coverage from an employer or joint labor management trust fund as a result of a strike, lockout, or other labor dispute receives the same premium assistance and cost-sharing reductions as an individual with a household income of 138.1% of the federal poverty level, and is also not required to pay a deductible for any covered benefit if the standard benefit design for a household income of 138.1% of the federal poverty level has zero deductibles. Existing law excludes from gross income any subsidy amount received pursuant to that program of financial assistance.This bill would revise various provisions of the financial assistance program, including deleting the exclusion of financial assistance received under the program from gross income, and specifying the criteria required for an individual to be qualified to receive coverage under the program. The bill would specify that an individual would no longer be eligible for financial assistance under the program when the Exchange verifies that employer-provided minimum essential coverage from the employer has been reinstated for the individual and dependents, as specified. The bill would require an employer or labor organization to notify the Exchange before employer-provided coverage is affected by a strike, lockout, or labor dispute, and would authorize the Exchange to contact the employer, labor organization, or other appropriate representative to determine information necessary to determine eligibility for the financial assistance program, as prescribed.

From committee: Be ordered to second reading pursuant to Senate Rule 28.8.

Bill Documents
CA AB 2749 - 04/11/24 - Amended Assembly
04/11/24 - CA AB 2749 (04/11/24 - Amended Assembly)

CA AB 2749 - 03/18/24 - Amended Assembly
03/18/24 - CA AB 2749 (03/18/24 - Amended Assembly)

CA AB 2749 - 02/15/24 - Introduced
02/15/24 - CA AB 2749 (02/15/24 - Introduced)

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    Assemblyman - State Assembly - CA

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