Normally this blog focuses on workers’ comp and workplace health and safety, but the ongoing healthcare debate in California and nationally is front page news almost every other day it seems. And we thought the following report would be of interest to all employers and employees living and working in Golden State.
John M. Gonzales, CHCF Center for Health Reporting
Posted: 06/23/2012 04:12:21 PM PDT
As the Supreme Court nears a decision on health reform this week, more than 360,000 Californians are already receiving medical coverage under a state-administered precursor to the landmark legislation.
But they could find their coverage fleeting if the so-called Affordable Care Act has no future.
The effort, dubbed “The Bridge to Reform,” is part of a sweeping Medicaid expansion unfolding in California. It exists to usher patients to health reform’s planned implementation in 2014.
Bridge to Reform patients are receiving care in 47 participating counties in the state, from Del Norte near the Oregon border, to San Bernardino and Los Angeles.
California Department of Health Care Services spokesman Norman Williams said even if the Supreme Court renders the Bridge to Reform a bridge to nowhere, just building it has been of value to the state’s health care apparatus.
“Health care delivery infrastructure at the local level is being improved as a result,” he said.
But Williams offered no promises if the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down health reform in opinions expected this week.
The justices could invalidate all or parts of the law, and the Medicaid expansion is among the pieces in jeopardy.
The state department of health care services “does not anticipate seeking other funding,” if the Medicaid expansion is cut down, Williams said.