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Letters Needed to Advance Consumer-Friendly Health Benefits!

Letters Needed to Advance Consumer-Friendly Health Benefits!

Your support is needed to ensure consumers are informed about their health insurance benefits and know which doctors and hospitals are in their networks. Urge the California Assembly Committee on Health to pass legislation requiring translation of a health plan's summary of benefits and coverage (SBC) and ensuring provider directories are accurate and up-to-date. Please send in your letter of support today for SB 388 (Mitchell) and SB 137 (Hernandez)
 
SB 388 (Mitchell) requires a health insurance plan’s SBC to be translated into non-English languages consistent with California’s existing language access requirements for other vital documents and would require the California Department of Managed Health Care and the California Department of Insurance to make available translated templates of the SBC on their websites. Download a sample letter of support for SB 388. Letters must be received by 12:00 PM on Wednesday, June 24th.

SB 137 (Hernandez) creates standards for provider directories and requires regular updates so that they include accurate information about which doctors and hospitals are in a patient's network and the languages spoken when shopping for coverage or seeking care. CPEHN is co-sponsoring this legislation with Consumers Union and Health Access. Download a sample letter of support for SB 137. Letters must be received by 12:00 PM on Wednesday, July 1st.

Hearings for the bills are scheduled for:

SB 388 (Mitchell)
Tuesday, June 30th, 2015
Assembly Health Committee
1:30 PM in Room 4202
Letters must be received by 12:00 PM on Wednesday, June 24th
 
SB 137 (Hernandez)
Tuesday, July 7th, 2015
Assembly Health Committee
1:30 PM in Room 4202
Letters must be received by 12:00 PM on Wednesday, July 1st

Please download and send in your letters TODAY!

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