Expanding access to quality, affordable health care has been one of Zoe’s driving causes as an elected official. She supported the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - also known as Obamacare - as a step in the right direction towards this goal, particularly for working Americans who could not previously afford health care.
The Affordable Care Act provides health care insurance for more than 20 million individuals across America, and Zoe opposes any heedless dismantling of good health policies that would jeopardize the well-being of families and individuals currently covered by this plan. Zoe opposed the Republican Affordble Care Act replacement plan which would increase the cost of health care premiums for middle-class Americans while providing tax breaks for the top 1% of taxpayers. Their legislation would also speed up the Medicare Trust Fund's insolvency by 4 years, enable insurance companies to penalize individuals for lapses in coverage, and elminate funding for Planned Parenthood to provide affordable health care services for women. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that 24 million Americans would be uninsured by 2026 under the Republicans' failed proposal.
While the Trump Administration and the Republican Congress have made repeal of the Affordable Care Act and the protections the law provides a top priority, their actions have not succeeded in altering the law's core provisions. It is important to note that while the Republican "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" repealed the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and associated tax penalty for certain individuals not enrolled in a health insurance plan, this will not take effect until 2019.
Medicare for All:
Zoe has always been a proponent of Medicare, and has been supportive of efforts to make health care more affordable and accessible in our country. She is an original cosponsor of the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act, which would create a single-payer health care system.
Healthcare Reform and California:
Individuals and families in California now have many options for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act through the California marketplace called "Covered California." For qualifying individuals and families, financial assistance helps make health insurance more affordable.
The Covered California marketplace is designed for Californians who do not have health insurance and for those who purchase insurance in the individual market. The marketplace also offers private plans. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, you can no longer be denied or canceled for a pre-existing medical condition or illness under any of these plans, or any others purchased elsewhere, or through your workplace.
You can shop for insurance and sign up for the plan of your choice during the annual open-enrollment period, which begins in the fall. A single application will let you know if you qualify for Covered California or Medi-Cal coverage. During the year, Californians may be eligible to sign up for a plan due to a qualifying life-changing event, like getting married, having a child or moving. Medi-Cal enrollment is year-round.
You can learn more about the Affordable Care Act and the coverage available through the Covered California website or by calling the Covered California Service Center at (800) 300-1506.
CoveredCA.com: the official website of Covered California, the official state marketplace for affordable private health insurance.
- Coverage Basics
- Health Plan Booklet for Individuals and Families
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Ways to Contact Covered California
- Find help with Covered Califrornia near you
Estimate Your cost for health insurance: Covered California has a Shop and Compare tool to help you estimate how much it will cost for you and your family to purchase health insurance and the amount of financial assistance that you may be eligible to receive. This tool is for the purpose of obtaining an estimate only.
Information for Small Businesses: Covered California makes affordable health coverage available to small-business employers and their employees. Visit the Covered California for Small Business [http://www.coveredca.com/forsmallbusiness/] for more information.
Affordable Care Act Tax Provisions: In addition to healthcare reform, the Affordable Care Act contains tax provisions with important changes, including changes to how individuals and families file their taxes. To learn more about the tax provisions that affect you, your family, or your small business, please visit: https://www.irs.gov/Affordable-Care-Act.
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