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SB 615, by Senator Calderon, was heard and passed by the Senate Health Committee this past Wednesday.
SB 615 is co-sponsored by Insurance Brokers & Agents of the West (IBA West), National Association of Insurance & Financial Advisors (NAIFA-CA) and California Health Underwriters Association (CAHU). SB 615 was previously opposed by consumer groups, including Health Access. Amendments were accepted in committee to take out the accident-health insurance licensing requirements and would instead create a similar education and licensing program in the Department of Managed Health Care.
The sponsors of the bill committed to continue to work with the author and opponents to craft this legislation. Proponents are not completely sold on the idea as proposed by Health Access but wanted to move the bill along as a vehicle while negotiations continue.
As amended, SB 615 passed the committee with a vote of 9-0.