In Case You Missed It: Speaker John A. Pérez Writes About the Need to Inform Californians of the Affordable Care Act, Regardless of Party Affiliation
SACRAMENTO – In an op-ed appearing in the Redding Record Searchlight on Sunday titled Health Law's Failure Not an Option, Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez wrote about the need to educate citizens on the Affordable Care Act, regardless of a Californian’s party affiliation. Speaker Pérez criticizes state Republicans for not making an effort to inform their constituents of the implementation of the ACA and the state’s health benefit exchange, known as Covered California, which will begin enrollment in October:
“Not only are Republican elected officials not reaching out to educate their constituents about new coverage options under the ACA, they are continually throwing tacks in the road to try and lower people's interest in even finding out how they could potentially benefit from the coverage offered by the exchange….
I understand politicians on the right have a beef with the president. But no one should allow their political considerations to get in the way of helping someone you represent sign up for health coverage they need.
Despite their disagreements with President Bush and the complexity and challenges of his Medicare Part D plan, Democrats did the right thing and informed their constituents about what was available to them when it became law of the land. We need that same kind of across-the-board education and outreach with the ACA.
California State Auditor Elaine Howle recently issued a report concluding: ‘The State's success in implementing the Affordable Care Act will largely depend on the effectiveness of the enrollment processes that Covered California puts in place.’ In essence, it's time to get the word out to all Californians about how to participate in Covered California. You can start by visiting - and encouraging others to visit - www.coveredca.com.
Not only will this program insure more Californians, but the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office has concluded that implementation of the ACA will create significant savings for our state in both the short and long term.
At the end of the day, expanding access to health care will save the lives of some of our most vulnerable Californians, and improve the quality of life for millions more who are currently uninsured.”
Speaker Perez wrote legislation establishing the California health benefit exchange, now known as Covered California, which will ensure California’s full participation with the federal government to expand health coverage to every Californian. He also authored Assembly Bill 1X-1, a key element in implementing the ACA and will expand Medi-Cal coverage to over 1 million low-income and uninsured Californians. The Governor signed the bill in June.
View the full column here: http://www.redding.com/news/2013/aug/25/by-john-a-p233rez-health-laws-failure-not-an/
Website of Speaker John A. Pérez: www.asmdc.org/speaker