In California, Obamacare Begins Despite Government Shutdown
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Aired 10/1/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.
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
One day into the government shutdown, there are questions about its effect on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
Aired 10/1/13 on KPBS News.
Covered California says even if there is a government shutdown, enrollment efforts will not be affected.
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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.