Published on February 21, 2014 at 8:39 AM
Kaiser Health News: Capsules: California Faces Steep Challenges As Obamacare Launches, Report Finds
As it prepares to offer coverage to its millions of uninsured residents through the Affordable Care Act, California faces daunting challenges and provides useful lessons for the rest of the nation, according to a survey and analysis released Wednesday in Washington, D.C. The Kaiser Family Foundation's report, based on a survey of 2,500 adult Californians before enrollment began in October, provides a preliminary look at the roadblocks that could hinder the implementation of the law (Hernandez, 2/20).
The San Francisco Chronicle: Low-Income U.S. Citizens Can Stay In Healthy S.F. - For Now
We told you Sunday about the strange predicament of low-income U.S. citizens who are part of San Francisco's universal health care program but are being bumped out of it if they qualify for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act - even if they can't afford those premiums, co-payments and deductibles. That predicament was made even stranger by the fact that immigrants living in the country illegally can remain in Healthy San Francisco because they don't qualify for the new health insurance exchanges set up under the federal law. That means they can keep their doctors and primary care clinics and keep paying the same low quarterly fees while their U.S. citizen counterparts can't (Knight, Lagos and Cote, 2/19).
This article was reprinted from kaiserhealthnews.org with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente.