NU Online News Service, Sept. 11, 2003, 5:12 p.m. EDT – A conference committee for the California Legislature has approved a compromise version of S.B. 2, a bill that would require California employers with more than 19 employees to provide health insurance benefits.
Affected employers could choose between buying coverage on their own or buying coverage from a new State Health Purchasing Program that would be part of the state’s Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board.
The bill was introduced by Sen. John Burton, D-San Francisco.
The Health Insurance Association of America, Washington, put out a statement attacking the bill.