Health Care Stakes Are High In California

Kaiser Health News staff writer Sarah Varney reports: "More than any other state, California has wagered heavily on the Affordable Care Act: It has moved quickly to erect an insurance exchange and establish the high risk pool. It's also codified federal consumer protections into state law. In 2010, the state signed a $10 billion Medicaid waiver with the Obama administration that has allowed counties here – from Democratic Los Angeles to Republican San Diego – to enroll as many as 500,000 low-income adults into a 'Medicaid-lite' program years ahead of the law’s expansion of the federal-state program for the poor. Similar to the high risk pool, 'Medicaid-lite,' which is officially called the Low Income Health Plan, is envisaged as a temporary measure until January 2014. That’s when California would open up its Medicaid program to millions of poor people, an expansion paid for largely by the federal government" (Varney, 11/5). Read the story.

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