Topic: California Developments

2018 Statewide Elections: A Mixed Bag for Insurers?

All eyes have been focused on the federal mid-term elections and the impact on the U.S. House and Senate. Post-mortems by the pundits have begun. See Locke Lord’s take on the mid-terms. The divided government in Washington, D.C. may well stymie efforts to regulate the insurance industry at the federal level, except in very limited circumstances where bi-partisan accord can be achieved.

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California Department of Insurance Notice of Public Hearing on “Gender Non-discrimination in Automobile Insurance Rating rulemaking project

On October 19th the CDI gave a 45 day notice of a public hearing to be held on December 3, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. at the CDI’s offices in Sacramento. The hearing is to consider amending the California Code of Regulations to eliminate the use of gender in private passenger automobile insurance rating in California pursuant to the authority granted by California Insurance Code section 1861.02(a)(4).

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New California Legislation Governing Health Plans’ Relationships with Pharmacies and Pharmacy Benefit Managers

Last month, California Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 315 into law. AB 315 is California’s version of the growing national trend to regulate pharmacy benefit managers (“PBMs”). PBMs are entities that not only manage prescription drug benefits under health insurance plans, including drug utilization review, drug plan formulary development, selecting pharmacies for prescription drug networks, and determining reimbursements for those pharmacies, but also operate mail order and specialty pharmacies themselves.

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California Amends Consumer Data Privacy Act, but Leaves Material Provisions Unchanged and Questions Unanswered

Update: the Governor of California, signed Senate Bill 1121 on September 23, 2018, ratifying the amendments described below.
On August 31, 2018, the California State Legislature passed Senate Bill 1121, amending the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (“CCPA”).  The CCPA, which contains the broadest consumer data privacy protections in the country, was hastily passed in June to forestall an advocacy group from putting a more restrictive bill before voters in a November referendum.

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