Federal Health Care Reform
Affordable Care Act
The Affordable Care Act was enacted on March 23, 2010 when President Obama signed comprehensive health reform into law. The law makes preventive care—including family planning and related services—more accessible and affordable for many Americans. While some provisions of the law have already taken effect, many more provisions will be implemented in the coming years. Click here to read more.
Millions of Californians will be able to choose affordable, high-quality health insurance coverage offered through Covered California™ that will take effect January 2014. Covered California is a new, easy-to-use marketplace where you and your family may get financial assistance to make coverage more affordable and where you will be able to compare and choose health coverage that best fits your needs and budget. Click the links below for more information.
Covered Ventura County
Approximately 1.4 million people will be eligible for Medi-Cal as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) expands health coverage in 2014. In Ventura County, approximately 135,000 residents will be eligible for coverage: 55,000 for expanded Medi-Cal and 80,000 for coverage through Covered California. Covered Ventura County is a resource about health care reform for residents of Ventura County. Click here to read more.
Health Insurance Marketplace
Health insurance is changing in important ways in 2014. The Health insurance Marketplace is a new way to find health coverage that fits your budget and meets your needs. Starting October 1st—with one application—you can see all your options and enroll. Click here to read more.
Health Insurance Exchange Guide
The Health Insurance Exchange Guide makes using ObamaCare's Health Insurance Marketplace easy. The guide includes tips and tricks on finding the best deals on quality insurance for you and your family. The Health Insurance Exchange Guide walks you through the potentially confusing process of using the health insurance marketplace. Click here to read more.
Gold Coast Health Plan's Government Affairs Department serves as a liaison between the Plan, legislators, local elected officials and interfaces with a variety of state and local agencies. Coupled with its primary role of analyzing state and federal issues related to health care and Medicaid/Medi-Cal policies, the department also provides information on the Affordable Care Act and health care reform.
Government Agencies, Programs and Resources
- California Children's Services (CCS) Program
- California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS)
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
- Child Health and Disability Prevention Program (CHDP)
- Elected Officials
- Income Eligibility Guidelines
- Medi-Cal Expansion Update
- Multipurpose Senior Services Program (MSSP)
- State Council on Developmental Disabilities Area IX
Insure the Uninsured Project
Insure the Uninsured Project (ITUP), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization funded by The California Wellness Foundation, The California Endowment, the Blue Shield of California Foundation, and the LA Care Health Plan, identifies, assists, and promotes new approaches to expand health care and coverage for California’s uninsured. ITUP conducts research on the uninsured, producing reports and data on health care, insurance coverage and health reform. Click here to read more.
Kaiser Family Foundation
The Kaiser Family Foundation is a leader in health policy analysis, health journalism and communication and is dedicated to filling the need for trusted, independent information on the major health issues facing our nation and its people. Click here to read more.
Kaiser Health News' Insuring Your Health columnist Michelle Andrews helps you navigate the new insurance marketplaces that are scheduled to launch on Oct. 1. Watch today's video or other ones from the series.
Visualizing Health Policy is a monthly infographic series produced by the Kaiser Family Foundation in partnership with the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The full-size infographic is freely available on JAMA’s website and is published in the print edition of the journal.
Medicaid celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. The Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured recognizes this important occasion by documenting Medicaid’s evolution and its role in our health care system today. Read the report.
Health Insurance Subsidy Calculator
The Health Insurance Subsidy Calculator from the Kaiser Family Foundation illustrates health insurance premiums and subsidies for people purchasing insurance on their own in new health insurance exchanges (or “Marketplaces”) created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Beginning in October 2013, middle-income people under age 65, who are not eligible for coverage through their employer, Medicaid, or Medicare, can apply for tax credit subsidies available through state-based exchanges. Click here to access the tool.