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Newsom aims to restore health insurance mandate

Posted: 1:35 PM, May 14, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-14 20:35:51Z
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom has launched a statewide tour to promote his health care proposals, which include requiring everyone to purchase health insurance and offering subsidies to families of four with incomes as high as $150,000 a year.

Newsom's proposals would make California the first state in the country to help people who earn up to 600% of the federal poverty level. People could get about $100 a month to help pay their health insurance premiums.

The Democratic governor wants to pay for it by making it a law that everyone has to buy health insurance or pay a penalty. The state would use the penalty money to offer the new subsidies.

Newsom discussed the proposal with small business owners in Sacramento on Tuesday.