'Covered California' Health Care Coming Soon

Americans will be required to obtain insurance, under penalty, beginning in 2014.


The Sacramento Bee reported this week that California received conditional approval from the Obama administration Thursday to begin subsidized health care.

The state plans to commence subscriptions in October.

"Covered California" hopes to service the large population of state residents who are eligible for federal subsidies for health coverage next year. Americans will be required to obtain insurance beginning in 2014.

California has qualified for $237 million in federal grants to date to build the infrastructure of its marketplace, according to the Bee.

The grants pays for an IT system, which enrolls subscribers statewide, and marketing efforts and staff to operate the program.

Federal officials see California as a key state in the program. With the highest population, the state has unique language and cultural barriers among its uninsured population.

Currently, the federal government has approved "health exchanges" in 19 states and Washington, D.C.

What do you think of the idea of the new "Covered California" program? Tell us in the comments.


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Buck Shaw January 04, 2013 at 03:38 PM
Although this article down plays or only mentions the penalty. I can't wait until it happens. Then in my thinking there will be a large Wooooooh! Whats this? Some one has to pay the bill. Oh! I forgot you can always charge it.... "Say Margret, how much is that late fee?"
COH January 04, 2013 at 07:56 PM
Can California set an example and go with a one payer system with varying degrees of coverage as needed? In every other civilized nation with universal healthcare - they consider it MORALLY wrong to profit on people's health. But of course, a country that allows companies to make profits on humans via the For-Profit Prison industry, has lost their morals as a nation or any claims to Human Rights superiority claims.
Jack Hickey January 04, 2013 at 09:44 PM
Yes, and mechanics shouldn't profit from caring for your car when it gets sick. Ever hear of a win-win situation?
Jack Hickey January 04, 2013 at 10:09 PM
Profit is essential to survival of the species. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/giving/its-time-to-say-not-to-not-for-profit/article559824/


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