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In California, Obamacare Begins Despite Government Shutdown

What Plan Options Will Be Available For Californians Under Obamacare?

Guests

Peter Lee, Executive Director, Covered California

Jennette Shay, Director of Government and Community Relations, Family Health Centers of San Diego

Gary Rotto, Director of Health Policy, Council of Community Clinics San Diego

Kamal Muilenberg, Executive Director, San Diegans for Healthcare Coverage

David White, Health and Life Insurance Broker

Transcript

One day into the government shutdown, there are questions about its effect on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

Covered California says even if there is a government shutdown, enrollment efforts will not be affected.

Special Feature Second Opinion

Open enrollment for health coverage in 2014 began Tuesday nationwide.

Dana Howard of Covered California said enrollment efforts will not be affected by the government shutdown.

"While we were funded with federal grants, we are state-operated and -run. We do not use a dime of state taxpayer money, we have our own staff, so we are not reliant on federal staff to be able to fulfill our operations," Howard explained.

Howard said 12,000 insurance agents have signed up to help with enrollment.

He also said potential applicants might want to consider all options before signing up, including whether an applicant's preferred health care provider will be part of the new plan.

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