A bill passed by California lawmakers last month addressing the adequacy of provider networks could mark an important development in the national political and policy debate over narrow networks.
Under the bill, which Gov. Jerry Brown had not signed as of Friday, California health plans would face new requirements designed to ensure they offer adequate provider networks. Insurers would have to provide annual reports to the California Department of Managed Health Care about their networks, and the agency's assessment of that data would be posted on its website. Brown's office did not indicate whether the governor would sign the bill.