By Mina Kim, KQED
Saturday marks three years since the signing of the federal Affordable Care Act, and state health officials have been celebrating by touting the benefits of the health overhaul law.
On Thursday, the nonprofit group Health Access released a report that determined more than one million Californians have been able to get coverage through new options provided under the ACA. Those residents include adults with low incomes, people with pre-existing health conditions, and young people who can stay on their parent’s insurance plan until the age of 26.
“But much more is needed to be done,” said Health Access director Anthony Wright.
Wright, Assemblyman Richard Pan and other health advocates urged Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers to pass a plan that would expand Medi-Cal -- the state’s health program for the poor -- and to pass bills that would ban price discrimination based on pre-existing conditions.