SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PUBLIC RADIO/KPCC: An LA lawmaker wants to protect Californians from deceptive health care practices

March 21, 2012

An LA lawmaker wants to protect Californians from deceptive health care practices.

 

Democratic State Senator Ted Lieu from Torrance says people - particularly immigrants - eligible for medical programs under the federal health care overhaul can fall victim to fraud and dishonest marketing.

 

He recalls the story of a Korean-American senior citizen who approached an insurance agent about a particular type of dental coverage.

 

In fact, it was teeth cleaning - twice a year.  That was it.  So now, he ended up paying more for a plan that doesn't cover what he wants.  So we have these cases occurring all the time.

 

Lieu says his bill allows the state Department of Insurance stop insurance plans from marketing in different languages if it finds the messages mislead consumers.

 

A state senate health committee is scheduled to consider the legislation next month.