|By The Sacramento Bee|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
We already are far ahead of most states in setting up a marketplace -- an "exchange" called "Covered California" -- where people will be able to buy health insurance if their employer doesn't provide coverage.
Unlike some other governors, Brown has embraced expansion. For the first time, childless adults who earn up to
The federal government will pay 100 percent of the cost of expansion through 2016, gradually dropping to 90 percent in 2020 and future years. So there is no cost to
However, there is a catch. Under the old law, only 61 percent of the people who were eligible for
For these folks, the traditional 50-50 federal-state division of costs applies. So the state will have to come up with
According to a new report from the
and private health insurance
The governor is recommending a bridge program for those earning up to
Individuals paying premiums with federal subsidies would cover the cost, not state funds. Legislators should support this, too.
Many already are doing that. For example,
The special session is key to getting an expanded health insurance market up and running within 11 months. All eyes are on