Small Business California is always looking for ways to drive down the cost of health insurance. To that end, we are supporting Senate Bill 538, along with the Pacific Business Group on Health[PBGH]. In the words of the fact sheet on the bill, “the presence of monopoly power in the California market drives up prices for employers. Unions and consumers without concurrent increases in quality and value.”
“This legislation enables unions and employers to fairly contract for high-value care on behalf of employees and their families. SB 538 prohibits monopolistic practices while protecting the ability of providers groups to deliver coordinated Care.”
This afternoon Lori Kammerer from Small Business California, Kristof Stemikis from PBGH and Allison Ramey from Blue Shield will be meeting with Senators Nielsen, Nguyen and Wilk to discuss this bill.