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Bill would continue care for long-term treatment

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- A bill that has passed the state Assembly would allow patients who lose their individual health insurance under the Affordable Care Act to continue seeing a provider who is treating them for specific conditions such as cancer or pregnancy.

With a 74-0 vote, lawmakers Thursday approved AB369 by Democratic Assemblyman Richard Pan of Sacramento.

It would apply to people receiving specific treatments whose policies are canceled between Dec. 1 of last year and March 31 of this year. That pool could be as high as 900,000.

The patient would need to request the coverage from their new insurer, which could ask to pay the same lower negotiated rate as other providers.

The bill is urgent and would take effect immediately if approved by the Senate and signed by the governor.

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