California Health Exchange Delays Action on Model Health Plan Contract

On Tuesday, the board of Covered California -- the state's health insurance exchange -- announced that it plans to delay until next month any action on its proposed model health plan contract, the Sacramento Business Journal reports.

The board heard testimony from health insurers on various issues related to the model contract.

At the meeting, health insurers expressed concern about collecting sensitive data on enrollees that health plans currently are not required to obtain. Such data include:

•Disability status;

•Ethnicity;

•Gender identity;

•Race; and

•Sexual orientation.

Charles Bacchi -- executive vice president of the California Association of Health Plans -- said, "We're concerned we'll not be able to meet the requirements in time."

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