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Nevada County Braces For Obamacare Revamp

It’s now been nearly 2 weeks since the House of Representatives approved repealing and replacing major parts of the Affordable Care Act. The Senate has yet to take up the issue, but has hinted at major revisions to the House legislation. Meanwhile, many of the 5 million Californians who receive coverage through the 7-year-old law risk losing their insurance, under the House bill, many of them low-income. The bill would shrink funding for MediCal expansion, a major fiscal concern for Nevada County, according to Deputy CEO Martin Polt…

click to listen to Martin Polt

Polt says the Affordable Care Act covers 90% of county costs for MediCal expansion, but the House bill would reduce it to about 50%…

click to listen to Martin Polt

The bill would also shift decisions about health benefits to states and give state officials the option of denying coverage to patients with pre-existing conditions, among other changes. California’s uninsured rate has dropped by about half, since the Affordable Care Act went into effect.

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