About 55% of California residents support the Affordable Care
Act, a record high for the state, according to a new poll by the
Public Policy Institute of California, HealthyCal reports
(Weintraub, HealthyCal, 1/30).
September 17, 2012New York TimesSeptember 14, 2012
Delay and outright resistance to the health care overhaul might
be the norm in much of the country, but not here. California —
home to seven million uninsured people, more than any other state
— is at the forefront of preparations for January 2014, when a
controversial requirement that most Americans have medical
coverage or pay a penalty takes effect.
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.
California’s hospital leaders and many health providers hailed a
more stable future under a reaffirmed health reform law. In a
state with the nation’s largest uninsured population, 7 million,
the Affordable Care Act is expected to relieve overburdened
emergency rooms, stabilize financially strapped safety net
hospitals and clinics and treat patients early so they don’t need
to be hospitalized.
The Supreme Court’s endorsement of the Affordable Care Act takes
away a “cloud” hanging over healthcare and provides some
financial stability going forward. The increase in insured
patients seeking care at hospitals will help offset some of those
February 16, 2012KPBS, San Diego, February 15, 2012
More than 9 million Californians got at least one free preventive
service in 2011, thanks to health care reform. Under health
care reform, insurance plans must cover a wide variety of
preventive services free-of-charge. Flu shots, colon cancer
screenings, and mammograms are all on the list.