Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
Some Californians who purchased individual health coverage through the state’s insurance exchange are suddenly being dropped or transferred to Medi-Cal, the state Medicaid program for the poor that fewer doctors and providers accept.
Administration officials say 2.1 million consumers have enrolled through the federal and state-run health insurance exchanges.
Supporters and detractors of the Affordable Care Act are fixating on so-called “young invincibles,” generally healthy adults in their 20s and 30s who don’t rack up large medical bills.
More people are signing up for the new affordable care act, but it’s still not enough, say those behind the program.
In voting 5-0, Covered California board members said allowing the older polices to continue would undermine the new insurance marketplaces.
California’s health insurance exchange is set to provide the first detailed information about the roughly 60,000 people who have signed up for coverage since open enrollment under the federal health care reforms began Oct. 1.
Fears that insurance exchanges that are the linchpin of President Barack Obama’s federal health care overhaul wouldn’t attract the young, healthy people needed to make them financially viable are being heightened by the early results of signups in several states.
The report released Tuesday estimates that 17.2 million people nationwide who do not have insurance or buy insurance on their own could be eligible.
New numbers out on Tuesday show there have been nearly 1 million visitors to its website, nearly 60,000 phone calls, and more than 16,000 applications processed.
In addition, the state’s service centers in Concord and the Sacramento suburb of Rancho Cordova received 19,000 telephone calls Tuesday. A third service center will open in Fresno sometime in November.
Across the country call centers are being set up to help ready people for when the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, goes into effect next year.
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