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Differences In How Californians Will Experience New Health Care System


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.

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