The Affordable Care Act

Congressman Xavier Becerra Meets Newly Insured Angelenos, Alerts All to Approaching March 31 Enrollment Deadline

February 19, 2014

"There’s nothing like having health security and the peace of mind that comes with it. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, the newly insured families I met with today no longer have to go without quality health coverage."
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Important ACA Deadlines

February 21, 2014

The deadline for purchasing health insurance in 2014 is fast approaching. March 31 is the last day to sign up for coverage during the 2014 open enrollment period.
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The YouToons Get Ready for Obamacare

November 27, 2013

California Health Exchange Votes Not to Renew Canceled Insurance Plans

November 21, 2013

Despite requests by President Obama and California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, the board of Covered California, the state’s health insurance exchange, will stand by its decision to require participating insurance companies to cancel individual plans that do not meet the standards of the Affordable Care Act by January 1, 2014. Here’s why >

360,000 Newly Insured and Growing

November 21, 2013

During November, about 2700 people have enrolled in California’s online health exchange each day, according to an article published in the New York Times. This is up from about 700 per day during October. This brings the total online enrollment to about 80,000. More >

Grandfathered Coverage: What Happened?

November 21, 2013

When the Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010, it allowed health care insurance plans purchased prior to March 23, the day the act became the law, to be “grandfathered” in. Grandfathered plans did not have to be upgraded by the insurance companies to offer the protections guaranteed under the new law.

However, grandfathered plans could no longer be offered to new subscribers. Further, the new law said that insurance companies could no longer increase the deductibles on these policies, cut features and benefits, or raise the premiums substantially after December 31, 2013. More >

Corrected Information About Your Health Care Coverage

November 15, 2013

State of California-Health and Human Services Agency
Department of Health Care Services

Your primary doctor or clinic does work with Medi-Cal managed care, so you can keep seeing them for your care.

Please ignore a letter sent to you dated November 1, 2013 that said your primary doctor or clinic does not work with Medi-Cal managed care. That letter was sent to you by mistake. We apologize for any confusion that letter may have caused.

Please read for more information. It contains the correct information about your health care coverage.

Wall Street Journal Article Claims Health Exchange Website Problems Are Lowering Enrollments

November 11, 2013

It's no secret that the rollout of the Affordable Care Act health insurance exchanges has been anything but smooth sailing. The exchanges were supposed to make it easy for people who are uninsured or just want a better health care plan to compare plans and shop for the best prices. So far, technical glitches in the federal website and many state health care sites have resulted in lower than expected enrollment numbers. More >

HWLA Transitions into Medi-Cal on January 1

November 1, 2013

Good news.

On January 1, 2014, your Healthy Way LA (HWLA) medical coverage will automatically become Medi-Cal coverage. As long as you stay enrolled in HWLA until December 31, 2013, you will continue receiving your current benefits.

Medi-Cal will cover the services you have now and possibly some additional services.

What to Expect in November
In early November, you will receive a packet from the state of California. The packet, “Medi-Cal Plan Choice Assignment,” will contain more information about the Medi-Cal health plan in Los Angeles County.

Please open this packet, and read it when it comes. More >

EPFMC Cited by New York Times for Role in Helping Californians Embrace ACA

October 20, 2013

As California goes, so goes the country. This sentiment has never been truer than when speaking of the success of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). With 7 million uninsured Californians, the state has become a critical testing ground for making the new health care law work. A recent New York Times article, “Health Act Embraced in California” (Oct. 10, 2013), takes a closer look at the stakes and the ways local health professionals, including Eisner Pediatric & Family Medical Center enrollment specialists, are getting the word out:

“People are really enthusiastic, but they are really unsure about what’s in it for them and what they are going to get,” said Nelson Samayoa, an outreach worker at the Eisner Pediatric and Family Medical Center in downtown Los Angeles, which has a waiting list of 200 people who plan to enroll in Covered California. “Even though there is a lot of information out there, it doesn’t mean people can really access and understand it on their own. They need us to explain it to them.”

Read the rest of the New York Times article by Jennifer Medina, “Health Act Embraced in California” …

Countdown to the Affordable Care Act

October 1, 2013

Whether you call it the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Obamacare, or healthcare reform, good changes are coming to health care coverage soon. The new law:

  • Expands coverage for millions of Americans
  • Ensures people receive the most common preventive care services at no cost with no deductible
  • Ends denial of health insurance and higher premiums
    based on pre-existing conditions (when coverage is
    purchased during open enrollment periods)
  • Requires most people to get health insurance

So what does this mean for you and your family? More >