Health care plans termed to be ‘historic’
San Francisco, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 09/10/2012 -- Californians are now getting a clearer picture of how the health care system will shape up once the major provision of the federal health care law goes into effect in 2014.
There is a wide array of health care issues included in the coverage like acupuncture to treat pain and nausea will be included. Tobacco cessation and vision screening is also part of the coverage while chiropractic has not gotten the nod from the jury to be added to the list of covered medical issues.
State lawmakers have sent two bills to the governor of California that states that the services of health insurance plans must cover starting in 2014 for individuals and small businesses.
The measures — SB 951 by state Sen. Ed Hernandez D-West Covina, and AB 1453 by Assemblyman Bill Monning, D-Carmel — define what are called “essential health benefits” under the federal health care overhaul and will fundamentally transform the kind of insurance Californians will buy.
“It’s historic,” said Monning. The bills, he said, will affect “the millions of Californians who have had limited coverage or no coverage who now will have access to coverage, and it will be comprehensive in nature. It will include preventive services, immunizations, hospitalization. The list goes on and on.”
Chiropractic coverage is the hot topic at the moment, as California could require insurance companies to cover additions benefits that not require by the federal government but the state of California will have to pay for it. This raises the question whether chiropractic care can be added. So far it is not likely that chiropractic care will be part of the basic health benefits.
If the state of California wants to mandate chiropractic care of its own then the federal government will have to defray the additional cost for people buying subsidized insurance through the exchange.
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