The Sacramento Bee reports today that a new Field Poll sponsored by the nonprofit California Wellness Foundation, shows that half of California voters say they are paying more for their health care than they were just a year ago. But that will change once the Health Insurance Exchange Program starts up next year.
The Field Poll surveyed California voters, 50 percent of those surveyed said the amount they are paying to cover their family's health care has increased in the past year. While 41 percent in the survey said they are paying about the same. 5 percent of the voters surveyed said their health care costs have dropped.
California, along with several other states are currently setting up their states Health Insurance Exchange Program which are required in the Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare. The mandated health care in the Affordable Care Act is set to begin on January 1, 2014.
Covered California, is the agency responsible for implementing the Affordable Care Act and putting together the Health Insurance Exchange Program and the health care plans the insurance companies will be offering, along with the costs for consumers on each health care plan in the Exchange. This will allow the consumer to choose the plan that is best for their needs as well as seeing how much each plan will cost them.
“This is a home run for consumers in every region of California,” said Peter V. Lee,
Executive Director of Covered California. “Our active negotiating will not only benefit
potential enrollees to Covered California, but will benefit all Californians by making
health care affordable,” he said.
The poll is the first of three health care-related Field Polls being released this week by the California Wellness Foundation. A report on voter views of the health care overhaul is expected to be made public Tuesday.
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