Assemblymember Feuer and Commissioner Jones Call for Prior Approval of Health Insurance Rates

Officials Highlight the Need for Stronger Consumer Protections

SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 1, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Assemblymember Mike Feuer (D-Los Angeles), Assemblymember Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael), and Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones will join a broad coalition of consumer advocates to highlight Assembly Bill 52, legislation that would better protect consumers and businesses by empowering state regulators to reject excessive health insurance rate increases. Consumers will share their experiences about their skyrocketing health insurance rates.

When: Monday, April 4, 2011

11:30 AM

Where: State Capitol, Room 317

Sacramento, CA

Who: Assemblymember Mike Feuer, author of Assembly Bill 52

Assemblymember Jared Huffman, joint author of Assembly Bill 52

Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones

Consumers who can no longer afford their health insurance due to repeated rate increases

Attending: Representatives from CalPIRG, Consumers Union, Consumer Watchdog, the Greenlining Institute, Health Access, Labor Federation, and others.

Notes: The text for AB 52 can be found here: http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/11-12/bill/asm/ab_0051-0100/ab_52_bill_20110325_amended_asm_v98.pdf. AB 52 will be heard in Assembly Health Committee on Tuesday, April 5 in Room 4202 at 1:30 PM.

Assemblymember Feuer's website: http://www.assembly.ca.gov/feuer

Department of Insurance website: http://www.insurance.ca.gov

SOURCE Consumer Watchdog

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