Health Insurance Exchanges: How Will Rollout of the Affordable Care Act Affect You?

September 25, 2013

Open enrollment for California’s new health insurance exchange – called Covered California – will begin on October 1, 2013, making available health insurance to millions of state residents who are uninsured or who don’t have coverage from their employers.

This virtual marketplace is the result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the hotly contested federal law which included a requirement that states create their own health insurance exchanges or have them set up by the federal government. Coverage will become effective on January 1, 2014, and all health insurance plans that participate in the exchanges must commit to including certain health benefits.

Some of UC San Francisco’s leading experts discuss the potential impact of these new health care coverage options statewide, nationally, on hospitals and clinics, and on women and children here.

 

Andrew Bindman: Impact at the State and National Level

Andrew Bindman, MD, director of the California Medicaid Research Institute in California, helped draft provisions in the Affordable Care Act.

 

Janet Coffman: Impact on San Francisco and California

Janet Coffman, PhD, is an expert on evidence-based medicine and health insurance coverage especially as it relates to prevention and California.

 

Claire Brindis: Impact on Women and Young Adults

Claire Brindis, DrPH, is director of the UCSF Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, is an expert on women’s health services.

Josh Adler: Impact on Hospitals and Clinicians

Josh Adler, MD, is chief medical officer of UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, overseeing the quality of medical services.