Friday, January 27, 2012

California Assembly Bills Expand Health Coverage

The state Assembly on Thursday passed a set of bills intended to broaden the mental health and health care services covered by private insurance plans.
Lawmakers approved AB154, which would require insurers to cover the diagnosis and treatment of mental illnesses, and AB171 for coverage of developmental disorders such as autism. They also approved legislation to cover oral chemotherapy treatments and mammograms regardless of age.
Supporters say many people with mental illness and substance abuse problems are unable to obtain treatment and end up in public health care programs, emergency rooms and state and county jails.

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