Calif. May Be The First To Let Undocumented Immigrants Buy Obamacare Plans
The California proposals would need federal approval and couldn't start until 2017. Meanwhile, in Colorado, officials mull switching the Obamacare marketplace's technology to the federal exchange's to stave off problems in the system.
California May Let Undocumented Immigrants Buy Obamacare
California lawmakers and activists are spearheading a first-in-the-nation plan to let undocumented immigrants buy Obamacare health insurance. Supporters say the California proposal, which would need federal approval and couldn’t start until 2017, is the next logical step in expanding health insurance to a population that was intentionally excluded from the president’s health-care law. But uniting the two highly combustible issues of Obamacare and immigration could reignite a fierce health-care reform controversy. (Pradhan, 7/17)
Health News Colorado:
Failed State Exchanges Offer Model For Colorado
Colorado lawmakers plan to propose fixes for the state health exchange starting in September and one possibility is to switch to the federal IT system, but keep some local control like Oregon, Nevada, Hawaii and New Mexico have done. (Kerwin McCrimmon, 7/16)