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|Consumer Protections under ERISA and California Law Compared|
California HealthCare Foundation
June 24, 2002
Excerpt: ERISA prevents states from directly regulating health insurance arrangements established by employers, but allows states to regulate the indemnity insurers and health plans with which employers contract.... [C]onsumer protections vary depending upon whether an employer decides to retain the risk of paying medical claims (that is, to 'self-insure' the employee plan) or to purchase group insurance from a state-licensed insurer or managed care organization.
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