Older, Poorer Californians Disproportionately Affected By GOP Health Plan
The legislation caps the tax credits to help buy coverage at significantly less than the average subsidy a 60-year-old in California currently receives under the ACA.
San Francisco Chronicle:
GOP Health Plan To Cost Older, Poorer Californians Far More
The health care bill proposed by House Republicans would disproportionately affect older and poorer Californians by shrinking federal assistance to hundreds of thousands of older people who buy plans on Covered California and by reducing federal funding to Medi-Cal, the insurance program for the poor, experts say. The American Health Care Act, the GOP proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act, includes two provisions that health care experts calculate would lead to lower-income Californians in their 50s and 60s paying more for health care. (Ho, 3/13)
In other news —
Gig Economy Workers Could Lose Coverage In Obamacare Repeal
More than 3 million people in the U.S. are classified as independent workers, according to estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. From 2004 to 2014, self-employed people working in repair and maintenance, personal and laundry services, pet sitting and other jobs belonging to the census bureau’s “other category” grew by nearly 1 million people, or 31 percent, according to bureau data. A Republican proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act now puts in danger the health insurance of independent workers who received Medi-Cal through the federal expansion. (Caiola, 3/14)