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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National Hispanic Medical Association
The Federal Health Law and the States:In California: What’s New, What’s Next & What Do We Need to Do?
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.
The health reform law doesn’t do all that is needed,
but it is historic Congressional action in three areas of focus:
The Biggest Reforms of Our Era
The new health law has real challenges, but they are not insurmountable.
Challenges: Myths Vs. Reality
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% undocumented
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:
HEALTH REFORM:Next Stepsin the States
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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