SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California Legislature has narrowly passed two bills that will enable the state to obtain $761 million in federal subsidies to help thousands of uninsured Californians to obtain health insurance.
The state Senate passed the bills Monday. They now go to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who is expected to sign them into law.
The bills enact federal health care reform changes and would create a high-risk pool for people who have been denied health insurance because they have pre-existing medical conditions.
Under federal law, that practice will be banned in 2014.