California State Legislature
|Bill Title||Short-term limited duration health insurance.|
|Hispanic Sponsors||CA Former Sen. Ed Hernandez (D-CA-022)|
|NHCSL Task Force||
|Primary Issue Area||Finance and Financial Sector|
Finance banking and credit
|Session||2017-2018 Regular Session|
Existing law provides for the regulation of health insurers by the Department of Insurance. Existing law prohibits a health insurer offering individual health insurance coverage from imposing any preexisting condition exclusion with respect to that coverage. Existing law prohibits a health insurer from conditioning the issuance or offering of individual health benefit plans on any health status-related factor, as specified, and authorizes health insurers to use only age, geographic region, and whether the plan or health insurer covers an individual or family for purposes of establishing rates for individual health benefit plans, as specified. Existing law requires an individual health insurance policy to include, at a minimum, coverage for essential health benefits, as defined. These health care coverage market reforms in the individual market do not apply to short-term limited duration health insurance policies offered by a health insurer. This bill, commencing January 1, 2019, would prohibit a health insurer from issuing, selling, renewing, or offering a short-term limited duration health insurance policy, as defined, for health care coverage in this state. The bill would make conforming changes.