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“Medicaid saves lives” – candid interview with a Harvard researcher

“Our research suggests that when people gain health insurance, whether via Medicaid or private insurance along the lines of the ACA’s marketplaces, they experience significant benefits”

Ideas to alter Medicaid funding would be harmful

Newly released CLASP reports cautions that limiting Medicaid funding via “block grants” or “per capita caps” is harmful to states and consumers.

Last day of Covered CA open enrollment!

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Don’t know much about executive orders? We can help!

NHeLP released an issue brief analyzing the ACA executive order and a general fact sheet describing what executive orders can and cannot do.

Op-Ed: Obamacare repeal would hit California’s Central Valley hard

Are you in the Central Valley? The HCA provides free consumer assistance with health care questions in every county.

Having problems with medical bills? HCA can help

As the California Health Line reported, "medical debt is the No. 1 reason consumers reported being

Community Clinics face uncertain future with ACA Repeal

If Medi-Cal expansion is repealed many clinics will lose critical and funding and many of their patients will be uninsured.

Did you get an erroneous invoice from your Covered CA plan?

If you got an invoice and need help sorting it out, the HCA Consumer Hotline can help! Call us at 888‑804‑3536.

ACA Repeal will hurt job-based insurance too

“If you’re one of the 150 million people who get their coverage through an employer plan . . . [y]our access to high-quality, affordable health care will depend on the outcome” of ACA repeal.

UCLA report: “Who stands to Lose in CA?”

“Low income earners, young adults, part-time workers, and Latinos have the most to lose from repeal of the ACA.”

Millions will lose insurance if the ACA is repealed

Congressional Budget Office assesses the devastating impact of ACA repeal.

What ACA repeal will cost California

“13.5 million Californians are covered by Medi-Cal. Here’s how Trump’s plan could cost the state.”

CA’s improved Medi-Cal estate recovery law now in effect

The new estate recovery law limits how much Medi-Cal can recoup after a beneficiary passes away.

Repeal of the Affordable Care Act will harm CA’s economy

Repeal of Obamacare would mean huge job losses.

Why Obamacare is a success in 7 charts

Contrary to rhetoric that “Obamacare” has been failure, evidence shows it is a proven success.

Working families often rely on Medi-Cal to insure kids

Many working families rely on Medi-Cal to insure their children

How would repeal of the ACA affect Californians?

In almost every county across California, regardless of its political leaning, at least one in ten people has health coverage because of Obamacare.

California has much at stake in the ACA’s future

“California has, by far, the greatest stakes in the forthcoming battle” over the future of Obamacare.

CA Women have trouble getting pharmacy birth control

Although birth control is not over-the-counter, “a pharmacist can provide it to women who don’t have prescriptions. California is one of three states where pharmacists can do so.”

CA Cuts Number of Uninsured Children by More than Half

A new report says 97 percent of California’s nine million children now have health insurance.

Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County [NLSLA] was a godsend. I was so grateful to have the input and advice…. I am so thankful for the work of NLSLA… Thank you for helping me resolve a bizarre issue – one which I would have no idea of how to rectify on my own.

Consumer who was assisted in challenging a potential tax penalty caused by a glitch in the Covered California system

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