California Healthline: Some Question ACA’s Fate Ahead of Special Legislative Session

Although California is preparing for a special legislative session on implementing the Affordable Care Act, some opponents of the law do not think that it necessarily will take full effect, the San Francisco Chronicle reports (Colliver, San Francisco Chronicle, 11/13).

Background

In August, Gov. Jerry Brown (D) announced plans to call a special legislative session to discuss various federal health reform initiatives, such as the launch of a state health insurance exchange and an expansion of Medi-Cal, California’s Medicaid program.

Diana Dooley — California Health and Human Services Secretary — said that the session will begin in December or January 2013 and will run concurrently with the regular legislative session (California Healthline, 8/20).

Lawmakers still are planning for the session following President Obama’s re-election, which many experts say guarantees full implementation of the ACA.

ACA Opponent Questions Fate of Law

Read more: http://www.californiahealthline.org/articles/2012/11/13/some-question-acas-fate-ahead-of-special-legislative-session.aspx#ixzz2CQQskfOc

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