Public Agency Takes Up Political Hammer

The board of the California Health Benefit Exchange voted last week to oppose a bill that would establish a basic health plan and to urge the lawmakers behind AB 52, which would regulate rate increases by insurers, to exempt the exchange from that law. The board also voted to direct staff to work with legislators on four other bills that deal with the exchange — including two laws that directly refer to the exchange in their identifying titles. All of the votes were 3-0, with member Robert Ross absent and chair Diana Dooley abstaining. “I will not be voting to take any position on any bills today,” Dooley said at the introduction of the agenda item. “The administration has not taken a position on any of these bills, so I won’t, either.”

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