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California Single-Payer Bill Advances

California Single-Payer Bill Advances

By Ken Ruotolo, Chief Operating Officer, Jun 5, 2017, 2 Minute Read

On June 1, the California State Senate approved SB 562, legislation to enact a single-payer system, even though there are few details about how the program will work or how it will be financed. The Senate pushed through this legislation to meet a procedural deadline. The bill now moves to the State Assembly for consideration. SB 562 will be subject to much closer examination in the Assembly where legislators will need to consider significant questions that the Senate never answered:

The Assembly has until September 15, 2017 to answer these and other important questions, approve the legislation and send it to the Governor, otherwise it cannot be passed this year.

Most experts consider single-payer legislation in California to be a long-shot at this time:

Not sure what “single-payer” means? Check out the answer. If you would like to learn how “single-payer” could affect your clients and your business, we recommend reviewing these talking points developed by the California Association of Health Underwriters (CAHU), the professional association that represents health insurance agents and brokers and their clients.

If you would like your voice to be heard on SB 562, register for CAHU’s VoterVoice program and send a message to your local representative and the governor.

If you are not yet a member of CAHU and NAHU (the national organization), we strongly recommend that you join (see sponsorship offer below). These organizations provide agents and brokers with excellent professional development opportunities; easy-to-follow instructions on how to get your message to lawmakers and most importantly, they advocate strongly with legislators on your behalf.

Sponsorship Offer
To encourage you to join NAHU and CAHU, Claremont will sponsor your membership by paying one month’s dues ($40 value) for the first 15 brokers that contact us. Simply contact us at reneem@claremontcompanies.com to become a member with the Claremont sponsorship.

Questions?
Contact the small group experts at 800.696.4543 or info@claremontcompanies.com.