Skip to comments.Federal health care overhaul to strain state, legislators told
Posted on 05/13/2010 12:25:10 PM PDT by SmithL
Even after the federal health care overhaul is in place, 2 million Californians could still be left uninsured, and the budget-strapped state may find it difficult to absorb millions of others who will suddenly have coverage, experts told lawmakers Wednesday.
California has the nation's largest population of the uninsured 7 million people.
Many of the people without health coverage will choose not to buy it despite penalties or are in the state illegally and will not be eligible for subsidies and other government assistance, said Marian Mulkey, a senior program officer with the California HealthCare Foundation, during testimony before a joint session of the state Senate and Assembly health committees.
In addition to the 2 million people Mulkey estimated would continue to lack coverage, another 2 million poor Californians would likely receive it under an expansion of Medi-Cal eligibility.
While the federal government will pick up the tab for the 2 million additional enrollees, the state will nevertheless find itself financially stressed to pay for its share of existing enrollees, Mulkey said.
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