FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 17, 2013
CONTACT: Christina Clem, (916) 556-3024, cclem@aarp.org

AARP STATE DIRECTOR STATEMENT: MEDI-CAL EXPANSION PASSAGE

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Today AARP California State Director Katie Hirning released the following statement regarding the announcement that both houses of the California legislature have passed the Medi-Cal Expansion as part of the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA):

“AARP is pleased with the legislature’s commitment to implementing the ACA in California. This landmark legislation will provide millions of low-income Californians with the coverage they need.  It will help 50 to 64-year-olds who have lost their jobs, are struggling to find new ones and can’t get affordable health care.  AARP estimates more than 395,000 50 to 64 year-olds could qualify for Medi-Cal in California.  The Medi-Cal expansion will provide a bridge to these hundreds of thousands of older workers until they become eligible for Medicare.

These individuals are usually priced out of or excluded from the current insurance market due to pre-existing conditions.   This legislation has the potential to reduce the millions of dollars spent on uncompensated care provided to the working uninsured, as well as other state and local health care service costs spent caring for this population. ”

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