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Lawmakers Approve Health Insurance Protections

bbLawmakers have sent Gov. Jerry Brown a pair of consumer protection bills that prevent health insurance companies from discriminating and overcharging customers. The legislation updates California laws to match new rules under the federal Affordable Care Act. They will give state agencies the power to enforce and regulate individual insurance rules. The Assembly passed ABx1-2 on a 49-20 vote Monday, while the Senate passed SBx1-2 on a 27-9 vote. The bills now go to the governor, who is expected to sign them. They are part of a special legislative session convened by Brown to implement national health care reforms in California. The Assembly bill makes changes to the insurance code, while the Senate bill makes changes to the health and safety code.