Health Insurance Rate Ballot Measure Qualifies for 2014

Today, the California Secretary of State’s website reports that the Health Insurance Rate Justification and Accountability Act has enough valid signatures to qualify for the November 2014 ballot.  If approved by voters in November 2014, the voter signature-driven initiative:

  • Requires health insurance rate changes to be approved by Insurance Commissioner before taking effect.
  • Requires sworn statement by health insurer as to accuracy of information submitted to Insurance Commissioner to justify rate changes.
  • Provides for public notice, disclosure and hearing on health insurance rate changes, and subsequent judicial review.
  • Does not apply to employer large group health plans.
  • Prohibits health, auto and homeowners insurers from determining policy eligibility or rates based on lack of prior coverage or credit history.
Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones

Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones kicks off wheelbarrow race at OCLF Labor Day Celebration, Photo: Chris Prevatt

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones told supporters in an email this morning:

“I applaud the consumer coalition, led by Consumer Watchdog, for their tremendous efforts to collect almost 800,000 signatures in order to qualify this critically important ballot measure to rein in excessive health insurance rate hikes. Health insurance and HMO rates will continue to climb for individuals, families, businesses and labor organizations because we do not have the legal authority to rein in excessive health insurance and HMO rate hikes. This ballot measure will fill a huge missing piece of the federal Affordable Care Act and provide relief for Californians suffering under the rising cost of health insurance.”

Click here for the full text of the initiative.

  1 comment for “Health Insurance Rate Ballot Measure Qualifies for 2014

  1. MikeM128
    August 24, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    If this passes our rates will end up skyrocketing. If insurance providers can’t make a profit they will leave. Less competition means higher costs.

    Obamacare has some protections as to the percentage of dollars spent on healthcare vs. overhead. Theoretically that should help but it wont.

    Why won’t we address the areas that lead to higher healthcare costs and quit trying to blame insurance providers. Useless procedures are adding to our costs. Doctors are trying not to be sued. Malpractice insurance is very expensive.

    The amount of paper work that is required to support insurance users and medicare users is costly. The staff required to support that is costly. I know of two doctors that have given up and now offer concierge practices that do not accept any insurance. They were able to cut their staff by 50%.

    Anything covered by insurance seems to go up in price. Users think the insurance means free medical so give me every test available. Procedures that are market controlled like lasik eye surgery and boob jobs have gone down in price.

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