Opinion: California Ahead of the Game in Health Care Reform

In order to realize the promise of health care reform, states must be ready to hit the ground running with streamlined, user-friendly enrollment systems by January 2014. Luckily, California is ahead of the pack in offering online features for health care applications that will be instrumental in offering a streamlined eligibility system under the new law.  A new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation shows California is among the top states in providing integrated and coordinated online access to children, families and individuals applying for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (known as Medi-Cal and Healthy Families, respectively, in our state). This report also points to yet another reason why California is well-positioned in comparison to many other states to successfully embark on health care reform.

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