Affordable Care Act

Ouestion_Widget1Starting January 2014, most Californians will have access to affordable, quality health insurance thanks to the Affordable Care Act. Now more of us can afford to see our doctors regularly, we can stop having to choose between buying medicine or buying food, and we will no longer live in fear that a medical emergency will bankrupt us for life. Beginning November 15, 2014 you can enroll in affordable healthcare at

Five ways the Affordable Care Act will benefit Californians:

  1. AFFORDABLE CARE.  Health insurance will now be more affordable, and more people in need can qualify for Medi-cal or subsidized monthly premiums.
  2. EQUAL ACCESS. Health insurance companies won’t be able to drop or deny you because of pre-existing conditions or illness.
  3. ESSENTIAL BENEFITS. All health insurance plans must cover essential benefits like preventative health care, mental health and substance abuse services, birth control and prescription drugs.
  4. EXPANDS COVERAGE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE. Children can now stay on their parent’s health insurance until 26 years old, even if they don’t live at home or are married.
  5. HOLDS LARGE CORPORATIONS RESPONSIBLE. The Affordable Care Act requires large corporations to provide or subsidize healthcare for their employees beginning in 2015, and provides support to small businesses so they can afford to provide care.

The Affordable Care Act also benefits those who currently have insurance through their employers. You won’t have to enroll in new health insurance, but your existing insurance will now be more comprehensive.


Government’s job is to ensure that everyone has equal access to fundamental rights.  In order to live a healthy life, we all need access to quality, affordable care. The new laws aren’t perfect — there are hundreds of thousands of Californians who will not be able to enroll because of their legal status. But the Affordable Care Act is a good first step.

You can begin to enroll in these new health plans on November 15, 2014 by visiting Covered CaliforniaUnder the Affordable Care Act, most people are required to enroll in health insurance or you will face penalties. Enrolling early will guarantee your coverage starts on January 1, 2015 so you and your family receive quality healthcare.

Major life changes or losing your health insurance may mean you are eligible to get coverage between open enrollment periods. Visit Covered California to find out if you are eligible.


Have questions about how these new health plans will benefit you and your family?

Get the facts or listen to the recording of our telephone town hall from  Sunday, September 29, 2013 with experts who can answer your questions.