SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Most of California’s health insurance companies are supporting Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to restructure a tax on health plans.

The California Association of Health Plans told a state Assembly committee on Wednesday that the proposal would secure funding for Medi-Cal while “protecting affordability” of insurance premiums.

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Cigna Life and Health Insurance Company remains opposed, saying the bill would affect plans differently.

The committee took no action.

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Brown wants to impose a new tax on insurance plans, which would be matched by federal dollars. It would prevent a $1.1 billion hole in the budget for Medi-Cal, California’s health insurance plan for the poor.

In exchange, the state would eliminate other taxes on insurance plans.

The legislation needs bipartisan support to achieve the supermajority needed to increase taxes.

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