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SENATE BILL 984 (ROSENTHAL 1998)

CHAPTER 893, STATUTES OF 1998

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As enacted in 1998, Senate Bill 984 only added Health and Safety Code section 1367.02 and Insurance Code section 10123.36, relating to health care coverage.  (See Exhibits #1f and #2)   Senator Herschel Rosenthal introduced this bill on February 27, 1997 on his own initiative.  (See Exhibits #1a and #5)

 

Senate Bill 984 was assigned to the Senate Committee on Insurance and the Assembly Committee on Health where policy issues raised by the bill were considered.  (See Exhibits #3 and #7) Four amendments were made to Senate Bill 984.  (See Exhibits #1b through #1e and #2)  Subsequent to legislative approval, Governor Pete Wilson signed Senate Bill 984 on September 27, 1998, and it was recorded by the Secretary of State on September 28, 1998 as Chapter 893 of the Statutes of 1998.  (See Exhibits #1f and #2)

 

The Office of Senate Floor Analyses’ Unfinished Business analysis of Senate Bill 984 as last amended on August 24, 1998 summarized the provisions of the bill as follows:

 

This bill requires, on or before July 1, 1999, health care service plans and disability insurers (health plans) to file with the state a description of any economic profiling and associated policies and procedures employed by the health plan, its medical groups, and individual practice associations (IPA).  The bill requires disclosure of this information, as specified.

 

Assembly Amendments make the bill effective July 1, 1999, and recast the Senate version, and make clarifying changes keeping the intent of the bill as it left the Senate.

(See Exhibit #13, pages 1 and 2)