A day after the Supreme Court’s ruling on health reform, we look at how the coming changes in the health care industry will affect consumers. California has already taken great strides in implementing the Affordable Care Act’s reforms. For example, the state has a health benefit exchange and the nation’s biggest pre-existing coverage insurance plan. But with nearly 20 percent of the state’s population uninsured, there are big challenges ahead.

California and the Affordable Care Act 29 June,2012forum

Emily Bazar, senior writer at the California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF) Center for Health Reporting at the USC Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism
Andrew Bindman, professor of medicine, health policy, epidemiology and biostatistics at UCSF, director of the University of California Medicaid Research Institute and director of UCSF's Primary Care Research Fellowship
Dave Jones, insurance commissioner with the California Department of Insurance

  • Rhet

    Medicare for all — socialism — is the only answer. But so long as corporations are able to decide what laws get passed, there will be injustice. But in fact their lawyers and lobbyists are determining the laws nowadays, and that doesn’t look to change anytime soon. What they dismiss as merely pursuit of profit is in fact fascism.

    • AC

      The bigest loby group for medica/health care is american physician association.  And they lobied hard so that they could invrease their fees.  in the name of care management.  In reality only you can manage your care!

  • Don

    I make less than 40K, single with no insurance. What is available right now! Do I need to wait until 2014?

  • Marc in El Cerrito

    My brother and I have both been doing contract work for many years, and so have no employer-provided health insurance. He has been in the hospital for the past 2 months with a life-threatening disease, and is facing bills in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. 

    The facilitators at the hospital told him that since he has a very modest 401k plan, that he’s not eligible for any assistance programs unless he “hides” his money.

    What are his options in California now?

  • So for people who choose to NOT get affordable health care and end up paying the tax, will they be turned away at a hospital or doctors office, or will they just be billed at the regular rates and pay out of pocket? 

    • Terrifitz

      Here’s the issue, Jack. If you choose to not get insurance, the hospital will treat you and bill you. For example, if you fall off your skateboard and break your arm, the fee could be around 20,000 dollars counting emergency room, etc. If you have $20k in your pocket, you can pay it. If not, your fellow taxpaying citizens will pick up your bill as it is handled now. This explains why a mandate is needed, so everyone is covered. In the ACA, low income folks will be subsidized so they can afford the premium.

      • ac

        I don’t get it.  I pay the fine/tax and they still take my S20K?

  • Sam Gil

    What will become of Healthy San Francisco, SF’s “universal” health care program

  • Josecruz0331

    What about veterans benefits? Will those with service connected disability ratings being supported via Veterans Hospitals be affected or required to get additional coverage?

  • Guest

    Is there any limit on how much families making over 90,000 can be asked to pay for health insurance?

  • Tina

    more recommendations from guest Betsy Imholz from Consumer’s Union:
    (Consumers Union’s advocacy web sub-site on health) and and
    click on the “insurance” tab.  There is an “Ask
    Nancy” feature there that allows people to ask their personal health insurance

  • Nan

    Why in should children be covered until they are 26 years of age?
    I thought 18 or 21 was the age of an adult now

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