Open enrollment for California’s new health insurance exchange – called Covered California – will begin on October 1, 2013, making health insurance available 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, MD, director of the California Medicaid Research Institute in California, helped draft provisions in the Affordable Care Act.
Janet Coffman, PhD, is an expert on evidence-based medicine and health insurance coverage especially as it relates to prevention and California.
Josh Adler, MD, is chief medical officer of UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, overseeing the quality of medical services.