A bill has been introduced in California that could roll back some of the game-changing SB863 reforms in that state, just two years after they went into effect. California state Senator Richard Pan, a Sacramento Democrat who is also a physician, is sponsoring the legislation. His legislation, SB 563, would partially undo the 2012 legislation by softening utilization review rules. This news comes on the heels of California’s first premium rate decrease in eight years, but proponents of scaling back some of the cost cutting measures in SB863 claim that the new system is denying or delaying medical treatment for those who need it, though cash benefits have increased.
Read an op-ed on this issue from The Sacramento Bee here.