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Bill to Create Health Plan for Working Poor Passes Senate

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, April 11, 2013

The measure would enable people whose income straddles the line between Medi-Cal and private coverage to have more affordable health care through the health insurance exchange.

Republican Senator Joel Anderson voted for the bill because he says it helps the working poor.  

ANDERSON: "There will be folks who will be falling in and out of the program, in and out of the exchange, and the idea of the bridge plan is to allow them to stay in the exchange, and to allow them to stay with the same doctor. Otherwise you're going to be switching doctors all the time."  

The bill now goes to the Assembly.

Other bills that would set new insurance rules and expand Medi-Cal under the federal health overhaul are still making their way through the state legislature. 

Consumer advocates want the bill to be ammended to make health coverage more affordable to low-income Californians.
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