Health Care Reform
In 2010, the federal government enacted a comprehensive law to reform the health care system, called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). The purpose of the law was to increase access to affordable health insurance. As a result of the ACA, more adults were made eligible for California’s free public health insurance program, Medi-Cal. Additionally, a new health insurance marketplace, Covered California, was created to allow individuals to compare plans and purchase more affordable health insurance for themselves and their families.
Federal law now requires most people to have health insurance so it’s important to take advantage of these free or lower cost health insurance options being offered to you. Unlike Healthy San Francisco, the health care coverage available through Medi-Cal and Covered California is health insurance. Health insurance covers you if you get sick or injured outside of San Francisco and includes access to more health care services.