BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA – Greenlining Institute health policy experts will be available for comment when Covered California releases initial enrollment figures, expected this week. Covered California, California’s health benefit exchange created under the federal Affordable Care Act, has generally functioned smoothly and has not had the sorts of serious website problems that afflicted the federal exchange during its first weeks.
Greenlining has been actively advocating to ensure that the new health insurance options created by the ACA are accessible to all of California’s communities, regardless of race, ethnicity, language or income.
“California clearly did the right thing by setting up its own exchange, rather than letting the Feds do it for us,” said Greenlining Institute Health Policy Director Carla Saporta. “We’re looking forward to seeing this first snapshot of enrollment, but everyone should remember that this is just the start of a process that will continue until March 31.” Saporta noted that some elements of the program, including a robust system of in-person, one-on-one assistance, are still ramping up.
In its 2011 report, iHealth: How to Ensure the Health Benefit Exchange Reaches all Californians, Greenlining laid out a series of recommendations for how Covered California could effectively reach all Californians. Covered California adopted most of these recommendations and has made progress toward implementing many of them.
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