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California Healthcare Reform Push Resurges

Healthcare reform isn't dead in California. Despite the collapse of the governor's plan last month, a number of bills in the legislature seek to push the ball forward. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has

California Healthcare Reform Push Resurges

Healthcare reform isn't dead in California. Despite the collapse of the governor's plan last month, a number of bills in the legislature seek to push the ball forward. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

At least three measures address the controversial practice of insurance companies canceling coverage after claims are filed. One bill would require state regulators' permission before such action could be taken.

Another measure aims to make it easier for consumers to compare insurance plans. Under the bill, insurers would have to offer plans in five specific categories. Each program would have to list benefits and costs.

A key element of the governor's failed reform plan is also being considered. This bill would require insurers to spend at least 85 percent of premiums on medical care. The insurance industry warns these measures could lead to higher healthcare costs.

Kenny Goldberg, KPBS News.