The public was invited to participate in a panel discussion Sept. 19, 2013 about the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) passed in 2010. Attendees learned about the impacts that the ACA is having on how health care will be delivered beginning next year.
The panel discussion—entitled “Affordable Care Act: Triumphs, Challenges, and the Local Response”—which was held on Thursday, September 19, 2013 in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at the Pasadena Central Library. Dr. Eric Walsh, Director of the Pasadena Public Health Department and the City’s Health Officer, provided important background information about health care reform, challenges that the law creates and what is happening in Pasadena to help the law work best for residents. He was joined by Steven Abramson, Marketing Manager of CHAPCare, who will discuss Medi-Cal Expansion and the State Marketplace Exchange (Covered California); and Mary Donnelly-Crocker, Executive Director of Young & Healthy, who reviewed available community resources and assistance to implement health reform in Pasadena, and identified options for those who will not qualify for insurance.
KPAS, the City’s government cable access TV station, recorded the event for broadcast on KPAS, seen on Channel 3 for Cox subscribers and Channel 99 for AT&T U-Verse subscribers. The program is also streamed on the “media” page of the City’s website, www.cityofpasadena.net/media, and on the KPAS website at www.pasadenamedia.tv/kpas.
For a listing of showtimes on Channel 3 and Channel 99, please see below:
In 2010, a federal law known as the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (ACA, and more popularly known as "Obamacare") came into effect to change how people throughout the United States get health insurance, to decrease the number who do not have health insurance and to improve the quality of health care while decreasing overall costs. Since 2010, the Pasadena Public Health Department (PPHD), in conjunction with community partners, has taken many steps to prepare for the ACA implementation date of January 1, 2014. By this date, every U.S. citizen and legal resident must have health insurance. For more on the Affordable Care Act, watch the following video developed by the Kaiser Family Foundation:
The following summarizes the changes to health care that have already occurred and will occur as a result of the ACA:
What has already changed?
What will change January 1, 2014?
If you already have health insurance, here is how health reform can impact you:
If you do not have health insurance, starting January 1, 2014 you may qualify for Medi-Cal, California's Medicaid Program. Medi-Cal eligibility will expand to cover the following groups:
The following populations will continue to be eligible for Medi-Cal:
To enroll in Medi-Cal or find out if you qualify, call the Pasadena Public Health Department at (626) 744-6086. There is no fee to apply.
Behavioral Health Coverage under Medi-Cal has expanded and mental health services have been identified as essential health benefits, and therefore be more accessible.
Covered CA is the State's new health insurance marketplace, or "Exchange". Covered CA has two separate markets, one for individuals and families, and another for small businesses (also known as SHOP, Small business Health Options Program). This virtual health insurance marketplace will provide educational tools, price calculators, and other comparative information that will help individuals make informed decisions when purchasing health insurance plans. Covered CA insurance plans will cover the following 10 essential health benefits:
Only U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents can purchase health insurance through Covered CA. Those with incomes between 100% - 400% of FPL may be eligible for federal subsidies. Enrollment into Covered CA is available between October 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014. To speak with someone regarding Covered CA, call our partner, Young & Healthy at (626) 795-5166. There is no fee to apply and no fee for application assistance.
Download this PDF, which shows which health insurance options you may be eligible for in 2014, based on annual income (FPL) and household size.
Even with implementation of the ACA, it is anticipated that individuals will continue to be uninsured. There are options for these individuals to seek health care. Download this PDF, developed by Insure the Uninsured Project to read about various County and State programs. Additionally, county and community health clinics are currently available to those who cannot receive health insurance due to citizenship, residency, age, or other reasons. Visit http://www.ladhs.org/wps/portal/clinicsearch to find a clinic near you.