KPCC: California faces unique obstacles in implementing Affordable Care Act

Stephanie O’Neill | Take Two | June 14th, 2013, 9:01am


US President Barack Obama makes a statement to reporters on the Affordable Care Act at Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, California, on June 7, 2013.

During his visit to California last week, President Obama hailed the state’s leading role in implementing the Affordable Care Act. Among the achievements he highlighted was the recent announcement that 13 health plans would be providing Californians affordable health insurance in the soon-to-open state-run marketplace called, Covered California. 

But as KPCC’s Stephanie O’Neill tells us, California still faces challenges in implementing the law, including some that are unique to the Golden State.

It’s widely accepted that the biggest hurdle facing successful implementation of the federal health law in California is rampant confusion about it among pretty much everybody.

The Affordable Care Act takes full effect on January 1, 2014 and requires nearly every American to have health insurance. Those who don’t have to pay a penalty, which starts out $95 a year in 2014 or 1 percent of  income  then grows to $695 a year or 2.5 percent of income.

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