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News: 2013 Press Release

For Release: June 28, 2013
Media Calls Only: 916-492-3566
Expanding Medi-Cal eligibility will result in a remarkable investment in the health and well-being of Californians

SACRAMENTO - Commissioner Dave Jones applauded Governor Brown's signing of Assembly Bill 1 (AXB1 1) and Senate Bill 1 (SBX1 1). Commissioner Jones supported these bills throughout the legislative process. Both bills strengthen implementation of the Affordable Care Act in California by enabling the use of federal funds to expand Medi-Cal eligibility, resulting in more uninsured Californians qualifying for coverage.

"Granting consumers the ability to take advantage of healthcare reform's Medi-Cal expansion will save lives," said Commissioner Jones. "This will result in not only providing much needed healthcare for the millions of Californians who are uninsured, but will also save the state money."

California is estimated to receive more than $37 billion in federal support between 2014 and 2019 while the state's cost for expansion will be less than one percent of its overall Medi-Cal expenditures. For the first three years, federal dollars will pay 100 percent of the health coverage expansion with a very small and gradual decline after 2017. Expanding Medi-Cal has the potential to significantly reduce uncompensated healthcare expenses resulting in savings to California and insured individuals.

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Media Notes:

View both bills here:AXB1 1 (Assemblymember Pérez) and SBX1 1 (Senator Hernandez)

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The California Department of Insurance, established in 1868, is the largest consumer protection agency in California, regulating the $123 billion insurance marketplace. In 2013 the California Department of Insurance received more than 170,000 calls from consumers and helped recover over $63 million in claims and premiums. Please visit the Department of Insurance web site at www.insurance.ca.gov. Non-media inquiries should be directed to the Consumer Hotline at 800.927.HELP or 213.897.8921. Telecommunications Devices for the Deaf (TDD), please dial 800.482.4833.

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