California Lawmakers Expected To Introduce Legislation To Fortify State’s Health Exchange
“Everything they are doing at the federal level, we are doing the opposite,” said state Sen. Ed Hernandez.
San Jose Mercury News:
California May Buck Congress With Its Own Health Insurance Requirement
With Congress ending the requirement that all Americans have health insurance, California leaders are preparing to counter that move by securing health care for as many residents as possible in a fortified state insurance exchange. State lawmakers say they will present a package of health-related proposals in the coming weeks, before a Feb. 16 deadline for new bill introductions. (Aguilera, 1/21)
In other news from Sacramento —
Full Dental Benefits Restored For Adults On Medi-Cal
Adults with Medi-Cal coverage can now get something they have had to do without: dental care. State lawmakers have fully restored Denti-Cal benefits as of Jan. 1. They were cut in 2009 during the depths of the recession, and only partially restored in 2014. The Department of Health Care Services says less than a quarter of adults on Medi-Cal saw a dentist within the last year. (Goldberg, 1/22)