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Five-Year Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act: It's working!

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Senior Vice President, Policy, Communications & Public Affairs
Mar 24, 2015

As a health foundation with a mission to expand access to affordable, quality health care for underserved families in California, The California Endowment saw the potential benefits that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would bring to our state’s hard working families. That’s why we invested heavily in making its implementation in California a success.

Now, five years after President Obama signed the health care bill into law, we are seeing those benefits throughout our state as more families than ever before are able to access affordable health coverage.

The data tell us that the law is working. Since its passage five years ago, 16.4 million uninsured people have gotten health coverage nationally. Here at home, Covered California has helped enroll 1.4 million individuals into coverage while our state’s Medi-Cal program has added 2.7 more beneficiaries. We are making progress and making a big dent in our state’s uninsured rate.

Our families have also seen their health care costs decrease. Thanks to the ACA, a greater share of premium dollars are now being spent on health care or improvements to care rather than administrative costs, increases in premium rates have slowed down, and insurance companies can no longer impose lifetime dollar limits on health benefits or discriminate based on pre-existing conditions.

That’s millions more Californians who now have access to affordable, quality health care and peace of mind that they can get the medical attention they need without worrying about how to pay for it.

It’s not only the data that tell us the law is working, it’s the stories we hear every day from families and our grantees about creating a culture of coverage.

California has led the way in implementing the ACA, and now we’re focused on finishing the job, through our #Health4All campaign and other ongoing efforts to boost enrollment.  As we embark on the next five years, it’s worth taking this moment to reflect on how far we’ve come.

 

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