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Deadbeat insurer bill is vetoed

August 02, 2008|From Times Wire Services

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed a doctor-backed bill that would have given regulators new power to fine insurers for not paying medical bills.

The bill's author, Assemblyman Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael), said the measure was needed to put "teeth into our state's healthcare watchdog."

But the governor called the bill an attempt to get around an independent dispute resolution process created by the California Department of Managed Health Care.

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