Expanding Health Care Coverage

By

Pacific Health Consulting Group

Funding Area

Expanding Health Care Coverage

Date

September 30, 2013

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This Pacific Health Consulting Group report, funded by Blue Shield of California Foundation, provides information to help community health centers support patients and communities in enrolling in subsidized state insurance programs.

The report provides an overview of Medi-Cal and Covered California subsidy eligibility by income and population characteristics. It then provides practical guidance on how health centers can facilitate enrollment into insurance for uninsured patients. Lastly, the report describes the multiple enrollment pathways that will become available to patients under the ACA: online, phone-based, in-person and mail/paper-based enrollment. In addition to reviewing the key features and design of these pathways, it also highlights some of the practical challenges and limitations that health centers should be aware of as enrollment begins.