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Plan Provides Safety-Net for Uninsured After ACA

May 10, 2013

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Health care reform advocates are proposing a plan to provide care for the Affordable Care Act's remaining uninsured. A coalition of organizations representing consumers and communities of color is calling on elected leaders to pass a full expansion of Medi-Cal.

Anthony Wright, executive director of Health Access California, says the coalition's plan would allow counties to maintain a health-care safety net by keeping federal dollars for the first three years, and then evaluating their needs after that.

"It doesn't give the counties a blank check," explains Wright. "But it does allow them the opportunity to show the ongoing need and that they're meeting the needs, so that they can continue to receive those funds."

It's estimated the Affordable Care Act will reduce the number of uninsured by as much as two-thirds, but would still leave at least three million Californians without health insurance.

Xavier Morales, executive director of the Latino Coalition for a Healthy California, believes the state needs to make sure the most vulnerable are protected – from a moral, ethical and economic perspective.

"Projections tell us that three to four million people under the present system will remain uninsured," Morales says. "Many of these are low-income people of color. Many are from mixed status families, where a sister may be eligible for health care, while her brother or parents may not."

The coalition of health care advocates wants its ideas to be included in Gov. Jerry Brown's state budget proposal that is expected to be adopted in June.

Information about the proposal is online at www.health-access.org.

Lori Abbott, Public News Service - CA