NU Online News Service, Jan. 23, 5:45 p.m. – The California Assembly Health Committee is considering A.B. 30, a bill that would require the California Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board to open the state’s Healthy Families Program to low-income, childless workers, if the state can get permission from the federal government to do so.
The bill was introduced by Assembly Member Keith Richman, R-Granada Hills, Calif.
The Healthy Families Program is the California version of the Children’s Health Insurance Program. The federal government has made CHIP funds available to states to help them insure more children by expanding Medicaid programs, starting new government programs, or working with commercial insurers.
California officials have made some effort to encourage commercial insurance agents and brokers to help eligible families sign up for the Healthy Families Program.