At a well-attended meeting Thursday, the Covered California board said it is continuing to push ahead with open enrollment, which ends
If the Trump administration were to repeal the Affordable Care Act entirely, that would leave 7.5 million Californians uninsured by 2021, according to a recent study by the
Still, just nine days after the election, speakers didn't yet know how the state health plan would be challenged, and how they could respond.
"To Californians who are newly shopping or re-evaluating -- we stand ready to fight to keep what is working in this state," he said. "What we have is too important to lose. ... Any rollback of the progress that's been made in this state would destabilize the market for the uninsured."
Panelists said any repeal of federal health care reform would likely not take effect until 2018, as the legislation required for that restructuring would need to move through the legislative process.
"Are there resources for a state to go forward if it so chooses?" he asked. "If
Many speakers said any answers would have to wait until Trump and House Speaker
In the meantime, Covered California proponents are looking to improve current plans, such as clarifying the special enrollment period and third-party payment rules, as well as continuing to combat high prescription drug prices.
The speakers acknowledged the recent 13 percent jump in Covered California premium costs and said they would set out to work with partner plans to keep such premium hikes in check while continuing to serve those enrolled.
"I've been very adamant about not speculating about what will happen, but still I felt it was important to have this forum," said
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