California ‘Followed The Blueprint’ Of The Health Law And Is Scoring Key Successes
California health officials took deliberate steps — such as expanding Medicaid — to ensure the Affordable Care Act changes were successful in their state. “What has been lost in all the rhetoric and the politics is that the system can work,” says Dr. J. Mario Molina, chief executive of Molina Healthcare Inc, an insurer that has done well under the law.
Los Angeles Times:
Obamacare Is No Disaster. California Is Proving Why
Even as turmoil in insurance markets nationwide fuels renewed election-year attacks on the Affordable Care Act, California is emerging as a clear illustration of what the law can achieve. The state has recorded some of the nation’s most dramatic gains in health coverage since 2013 while building a competitive insurance marketplace that offers consumers enhanced protections from high medical bills. (Levey, 10/7)
The Wall Street Journal:
Molina Outperforms Rivals In ACA Marketplaces
When Elizabeth Wolfe switched her insurance to Molina Healthcare Inc. earlier this year, her coverage changed dramatically. She had to stop going to her old doctors because they didn’t accept Molina. Her new health-maintenance-organization plan didn’t include some of the highest-profile hospitals in the Los Angeles area, where she lives. Losing her old doctors and switching to a no-frills clinic “was a big concern, but when we had to make the first premium payment, we got over that quickly,” she says. (Wilde Mathews, 10/6)