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A Check-Up On Obamacare In California

Aired 7/31/14 on KPBS Midday Edition.

A Check-Up On Obamacare In California

GUESTS:

Jan Spencley, Executive Director of San Diegans for Healthcare Coverage.

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones

Transcript

There's good news and not-so good news in new evaluations of the first few months of the Affordable Care Act in California.

A new survey on the effects of the Affordable Care Act show that it's been successful in signing up more than half of the uninsured in California. The Kaiser Family Foundation found that roughly 3.4 million previously uninsured Californians obtained health care coverage through Medi-Cal or Covered California.

But it's come at a price. California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones says health insurance rates have increased from 22 percent to more than 80 percent overall in California since 2013.

Officials with Covered California announced Thursday that health insurance rates will not be rising that dramatically this year.

“The ‘average’ rate going up only 4.2 percent means that for some it will go up more and for some less, but all consumers now have the ability to shop. Consumers are not locked in to one plan; they can stay with their plan or change and can often find a lower-priced option,” Covered California Executive Peter Lee said in a statement.

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