Legislative Update: Assembly Appropriations Committee

AB 52 (Feuer): This bill would establish rate regulation, effective January 1, 2013, of California health plans and insurers (carriers) under the jurisdiction of the Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) and the California Department of Insurance (CDI).

AB 52 was placed on the Suspense File.

AB 137 (Portantino): This bill requires health insurance plans to cover mammography upon a provider's referral.  It also requires both health care service plans and health insurance plans to notify subscribers and policyholders regarding recommended timelines for an individual to undergo tests for the screening or diagnosis of breast cancer.

AB 137 was placed on the Suspense File.

AB 155 (Calderon):
This bill would expand the statutory definition of a "retailer engaged in business in this state" to improve administration of the state's use tax.

AB 155 was placed on the Suspense File.

AB 315 (Solorio):
This bill would conform California surplus line insurance regulatory and tax laws to recent federal financial reform law.  Specifically, this bill would repeal the requirement that, in most circumstances, prohibits placement of insurance with a nonadmitted insurer unless that insurer is on the List of Eligible Surplus Line Insurers (LESLI List).  In addition, the bill would repeal the substantive criteria necessary for an insurer to be placed on the LESLI List, but readopts similar criteria for placement on a voluntary list of acceptable insurers.  AB 315 would also establish the financial requirements that a nonadmitted insurer not on the voluntary list must meet in order for a surplus line broker to place insurance with that insurer.

AB 315 passed the committee with a vote of 16-0.

AB 400 (Ma):
This bill would create the Healthy Families, Healthy Workplaces Act of 2011 which requires employers to provide paid sick days for an employee who works for seven or more days in a calendar year.

AB 400 was placed on the Suspense File.