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.
While many Americans who missed the window to buy health insurance this year will have to wait until November 15th if they reconsider, Nevadans will be able to buy coverage year round.
Nevada insurance regulators are coming up with guidelines to make sure health insurance works for people – and they want your feedback.
March was the busiest month yet for Covered California, the state’s health care exchange.
The open enrollment season under the federal health law has been a busy time for insurance agents in California. But many brokers are not seeking out the business.
Millions of people have signed up for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act. New rules ensure no one can be denied insurance, but there is no guarantee that all services will be covered.