Impact of Affordable Care Act: California

5/30/2012 12:00 AM

Under the Affordable Care Act, states have the option to create a Basic Health Program (BHP) to provide coverage for legal residents who have incomes below 200% of the federal poverty level and are ineligible for Medi-Cal. If California does not establish a BHP, this population would be eligible for subsidized coverage through the California Health Benefit Exchange. Legislation to establish a BHP in California is pending.
CHCF hosted a Sacramento briefing on how a BHP aligns with various policy and market goals, including its potential effects on low-income consumers, safety-net providers, the state general fund, the California Health Benefit Exchange, and the health insurance marketplace, as well as how future federal policy guidance might influence a BHP.
New data assembled by researchers at UCLA and UC Berkeley on the characteristics of the BHP-eligible population also was discussed.