On Wednesday, over 100 people crammed an auditorium in Sacramento to be part of history: The California Health Benefits Exchange board met for the first time– the initial big step toward implementing the first ACA reform-prompted insurance exchange in the nation. “If we succeed, we will set the health care reform agenda for the rest of the nation,” board member Susan Kennedy said. “If we fail, we will precipitate the downfall of it nationally. And we are fully committed to seeing it succeed.”
Diana Dooley, Secretary of Health and Human Services in California, was elected interim chair of the exchange board. The work of the exchange, Dooley said, will go a long way toward healing the state’s fragmented health care system. “Right now, we don’t have a health care system in California. We have a lot of pieces of a health care system. What we have now is an illness-treatment system, and what we need is a health system.” Health Access was at this historic meeting both live tweeting the proceedings and as the first and most frequent commentator! Did you miss our live reports via Twitter?
For nearly three years now, we’ve been working together to bring affordable, quality health care to California. Throughout this time, you’ve received countless e-mails from HCAN-California and our lead state partner, Health Access California, about what has been happening and how to get involved — but did you know you can also connect with us online for the most up to date information?
In the coming weeks and months, we will be covering state implementation bills in Sacramento such as AB 52, which would require health plans and insurers to seek approval from state regulators prior to any attempt to raise health care premiums, copayments, or deductibles and anti-consumer bills such as AB 736, which would amend the insurance code for the benefit of health insurance brokers and agents to the detriment of consumers. Other bills include maternity coverage, eligibility and enrollment and we’ll also be involved and reporting live at future exchange board meetings.
Influential social media tools like Facebook and Twitter will play a critical role in our continued work to implement and improve upon the Federal health care law here in California! They’re also a great way to connect with like-minded health care advocates like you, and will allow you to get real-time updates on actions and news from HCAN-CA and our lead state partner, Health Access.
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