California Bill to Reform Pet Insurance Advances

August 26, 2010

Man’s best friends could enjoy greater health care protections under a bill approved by the California Assembly.

Companies that insure veterinary care for cats, dogs and other animal companions would have to provide more information about what level of care is covered by their insurance plans.

Democratic Assemblyman Dave Jones said the bill, AB2411, was inspired by national health care reform.

The measure requires insurers to disclose on their Web sites any policies that limit coverage.

The Assembly approved the bill on a 42-22 vote and sent it to the governor for his review.

Jones originally sought to create a separate category of the insurance code for veterinary insurance, but that provision was removed.

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