California State Legislature

Bill Title Health care coverage: cancer treatment.
Hispanic Sponsors CA Assemb. Monique Limon (D-CA-037); CA Assemb. Sabrina Cervantes (D-CA-060)
Date Introduced 01/10/2018
NHCSL Task Force
Primary Issue Area Health
Issue Areas
Session 2017-2018 Regular Session


Existing law, the Knox-Keene Health Care Service Plan Act of 1975, provides for the licensure and regulation of health care service plans by the Department of Managed Health Care. Existing law also provides for the regulation of health insurers by the Department of Insurance. Existing law prohibits, until January 1, 2019, an individual or group health care service plan contract or health insurance policy issued, amended, or renewed on or after January 1, 2015, that provides coverage for prescribed, orally administered anticancer medications used to kill or slow the growth of cancerous cells from requiring an enrollee or insured to pay, notwithstanding any deductible, a total amount of copayments and coinsurance that exceeds $200 for an individual prescription of up to a 30-day supply of a prescribed orally administered anticancer medication, as specified. Existing law authorizes health care service plans to adjust that $200 limit on January 1 of each year, to the extent that adjustment does not exceed the percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index for that year. Under existing law, a willful violation of this prohibition by a health care service plan is a crime. This bill would extend the duration of this prohibition until January 1, 2024. The bill would increase the total amount of copayments allowed under those provisions to $250. The bill would remove the authorization for a health care service plan to adjust that limit. Because the bill would expand the scope of a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement. This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.