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California Bill Would Create Health Plan 'Bridge' For Working Poor

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, March 11, 2013


Under the federal health law, very low-income people will get almost free health care through Medicaid, and those with more money are required to buy private insurance if they don't get it on the job.

But recent research shows millions of people nationally may have a change in income within the first year of new coverage, which could require switching between Medicaid and the exchanges. 

Democratic State Senator Ed Hernandez proposes to create what he calls a 'bridge health plan' in California, for those people whose incomes fluctuate around 138% of the federal poverty level.

HERNANDEZ: "There's continuity of care for that are going back and forth between Medi-Cal and non Medi-Cal, and therefore, they can get an affordable health care product and not have to worry about choosing between putting food on the table and buying health insurance."

Hernandez says the bridge plan would cost this population less, and allow them to keep their same doctors. 

A handful of other states around the country are considering the same option.

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