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ACA Helped Cut Uninsured Rates For Self-Employed In California By Nearly Half

"When I think about the people I know personally who’ve benefited from the Affordable Care Act, most of them work for themselves or a small business," said Laurel Lucia, one of the report's authors.

KPCC: How Obamacare Helped The Self-Employed In California
Self-employed Californians are most likely to be impacted if Obamacare is repealed, according to an analysis released Thursday by the UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education. In 2013, 885,000 self-employed Californians didn’t have health insurance. That number dropped to 476,000 by 2015, according to the analysis, which examines data from the California Health Information Survey. (Faust, 5/18)

In other news —

KQED: Women’s Health Clinics In California Struggle In A Shifting Healthcare Landscape
Closures and consolidations have been increasing among community clinics that provide reproductive health services. Because of the health law, more women in California have coverage for a full range of health services through Medi-Cal. As a result, many of those women are now going to a regular doctor or primary care center for their family planning needs, instead of a dedicated women’s clinic. In addition, the state is paying these clinics less money under Obamacare. (Dembosky, 5/19)

Politico Pro: Covered California To Hold 3-Month Open Enrollment Period 
Word that Obamacare is failing apparently hasn’t reached California. Covered California is preparing for a three-month open enrollment period this fall, and the exchange is operating solidly in the black. Covered California’s open enrollment period for 2018 coverage will run from Nov. 15 to Jan. 31, 2018 — the same as last year — despite the federal government’s plans to shorten HealthCare.gov's enrollment period to six weeks, Peter Lee, the exchange’s executive director, said at Thursday’s Covered California board meeting. (Colliver, 5/18)

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