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Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones Applauds Governor for Acting to Protect Pregnant Women and New Mothers

News: 2011 Press Release

For Release: October 7, 2011
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Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones Applauds Governor For Acting To Protect Pregnant Women And New Mothers
Legislation Guarantees Insurance Coverage

Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones today applauded Governor Jerry Brown for signing a trio of bills that guarantee pregnant women and new mothers receive maternity care and maternity health insurance coverage. The bills, which were strongly supported by Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, ensure that women receive prenatal services and new mothers are covered while on maternity leave.

"I applaud Governor Brown for his leadership in signing this important legislation," said Commissioner Jones. "I strongly believe that investing in new mothers is an investment in the next generation. Numerous studies show that prenatal care pays for itself by helping to minimize the prevalence of low-birth weight babies. Additionally, continuing health insurance coverage during pregnancy leave is vital to protecting the health and economic security of the entire family."

Governor Brown signed the following three bills:

  • SB 222 authored by Senator Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa), Chair of the Legislative Women's Caucus, would require that every individual health insurance policy must provide coverage for maternity services.
  • AB 210 authored by Assembly Member Roger Hernandez (D-Baldwin Park) would require that every group health insurance policy must provide coverage for maternity services.
  • SB 299 authored by Senator Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa) would prohibit employers from refusing to maintain and pay for employer-provided health care coverage for women who take maternity leave.

All three bills go into effect January 1, 2012.

The California Department of Insurance, established in 1868, is the largest consumer protection agency in California. Insurers collect $310 billion in premiums annually in California. Since 2011 the California Department of Insurance received more than 1,000,000 calls from consumers and helped recover over $469 million in claims and premiums. Please visit the Department of Insurance website at Non-media inquiries should be directed to the Consumer Hotline at 800.927.4357. Telecommunications Devices for the Deaf (TDD), please dial 800.482.4833.

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