California Wrestles With How to Deal With Impact of Health Care Reform

Even as a new round of federal budget-cutting that could target Medicaid is poised to take place and Republicans in Congress continue their fight to block the implementation of health care reform, health policy experts in Sacramento are plowing through a thicket of issues that must be resolved before a historic expansion of insurance coverage can be implemented in 2014. “Regardless of the ongoing debate around the country about the Affordable Care Act, implementation from the federal perspective is full speed ahead,” said Richard Figueroa, health reform manager for the nonprofit California Endowment. “And most states have been gearing up on the theory that it’s better for them to own it.”


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