Smokers in California won’t be charged more for health care because of their habit. And people getting other kinds of public assistance will have a streamlined way to enroll in Medi-Cal.
Anthony Wright of the consumer advocacy group Health Access says there are reasons why California has been implementing the federal law so vigorously.
“Californians are more likely to be uninsured, more likely to not get coverage on the job, more likely to have to buy coverage, and more likely as individuals to be denied coverage for pre-existing conditions than residents of all other states,” says Wright.
Recent legal immigrants in the U.S. for less than five years will be part of the Medicaid expansion in California. Also, people buying their own insurance in the Golden State will continue to have the option to claim domestic partners as spouses.
“California has been a leader in maximizing the benefits of the Affordable Care Act, to not just implement it but to improve upon it,” says Wright.
Sacramento area residents who plan to sign up for health insurance before the enrollment deadline can do so in-person this Saturday.
Today's column focuses on tips for people who signed up for a health insurance plan but can't get the coverage they signed up and paid for.
If you're looking for a new health care plan, you might want to pay close attention to a new state report being released today. The report shows how different insurance networks and medical groups do in managing health conditions.
(AP) -- Covered California is being criticized for lackluster efforts to sign up Latinos and for continued paperwork problems that have left some consumers in limbo.
Parents will have an easier time buying dental insurance for their children under changes made by the Covered California online health exchange.