Stymied health plan tax back on agenda

Lawmakers left town in mid-September after acting on hundreds of bills yet failing to reach agreement on expanding a soon-to-expire tax on California health plans that helps pay for indigent healthcare, much to the frustration of the Brown administration.

“We did everything we could to make this work,” Health and Human Services Secretary Diana Dooley said in a statement Sept. 11, blaming health plan differences and Republican lawmakers’ refusal “to consider any tax adjustments at all.” She warned of offsetting cuts in Gov. Jerry Brown’s January budget proposal.  Read the full article here.

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