Early Decisions On Health Law Help Protect Californians From Painful Premium Spikes
The state was one of the first to establish its own exchange instead of relying on the federal marketplace and to expand Medi-Cal. It also canceled bare bones plans instead of allowing them to be grandfathered in like other states.
The San Jose Mercury News:
Obamacare: Key Moves By Covered California Helped Keep Premiums Down
The nation’s ever-controversial health care law suffered a black eye last week after the federal government announced that next year’s premiums for those who depend on the Affordable Care Act would increase by an average of 22 percent. But the blow won’t be as painful for most of the 1.4 million Californians who get their health coverage through Covered California, the state’s health insurance exchange: The average 2017 premium increase will be 13.2 percent after two years of modest increases. (Seipel, 10/30)