California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones urges Trump Administration to withdraw rule that encourages discrimination
News: 2018 Press Release
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones submitted a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today strongly urging the Trump Administration to withdraw its proposed rule that would allow medical providers, medical facilities, insurers and others to discriminate against patients, delay or deny access to health care, and harm those whose medical care they are entrusted with.
"The Trump Administration's proposed rule conflicts with state and federal anti-discrimination protections and will harm patients and deny them needed medical care. This proposed rule interferes with California's strong civil rights protections for our residents. The Trump rule elevates the personal beliefs of some medical providers, insurers, and other health care entities over the rights of patients to access essential health care services. The Trump Administration rule encourages discrimination and should be immediately withdrawn, so that no patient has to worry that the federal government will deny them their rights to obtain medically necessary health care services. If not withdrawn, we will sue to stop the Trump rule from going into effect."
Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones
- Commissioner Jones' letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
- Trump Administration's Proposed "Conscience Rights" rule.
Led by Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara, the California Department of Insurance is the consumer protection agency for the nation's largest insurance marketplace and safeguards all of the state’s consumers by fairly regulating the insurance industry. Under the Commissioner’s direction, the Department uses its authority to protect Californians from insurance rates that are excessive, inadequate, or unfairly discriminatory, oversee insurer solvency to pay claims, set standards for agents and broker licensing, perform market conduct reviews of insurance companies, resolve consumer complaints, and investigate and prosecute insurance fraud. Consumers are urged to call 1-800-927-4357 with any questions or contact us at www.insurance.ca.gov via webform or online chat. Non-media inquiries should be directed to the Consumer Hotline at 800-927-4357. Teletypewriter (TTY), please dial 800-482-4833.