National Hispanic Medical Association March 2011. The Federal Health Law and the States: In California: What’s New, What’s Next & What Do We Need to Do?. www.health-access.org www.facebook.com/healthaccess www.twitter.com/healthaccess. Why CA Needed Reform.
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After years of cuts (including eliminating dental & 8 other benefits from Medi-Cal), the pending budget would cut $12.5 billion, half from health and human services. In Medi-Cal, it would:
If tax rates aren’t extended by a vote of the people, the cuts get much, much worse.
but it is historic Congressional action in three areas of focus:
The new health law has real challenges, but they are not insurmountable.
Employer-Based Coverage insurmountable.
Around Half, 18-19 Million
Public Programs: About a Third (10-11 million)
Medicare: 4 million
Medi-Cal: 7.7 million
Healthy Families: Nearly 1 million
Individual Insurance Market
About 5% (around 2 million)
Uninsured: Around 7 million
Nearly 75% communities of color; 60% Latino
80% working families; less than 20% undocumentedHow 38 Million Californians Get Coverage Now
For those who still must buy coverage as individuals (over 2 million Californians currently—more than double in the future):
California’s first-in-the-nation legislation to establish an Exchange post-reform:
In each of the ways people get coverage today, through
new protections will ensure that coverage includes:
California’s “Medicaid waiver” is being negotiated this year, to determine the next five years of the program, which covers 7 million Californians. Some shared goals include:
A win for the county, the uninsured, and the health system:
LEAVE CONSUMERS AT THE MERCY OF INSURER ABUSES. allowing insurers to:
DENY MILLIONS HELP WITH HEALTH CARE
REJECT RESOURCES AND FEDERAL FUNDS FOR CALIFORNIANS
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