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HAPPY THIRD BIRTHDAY TO THE ACA

We are within seven months of launch when up to 6 million uninsured Californians can begin to enroll in coverage, when two million private individually insured Californians can enroll in more affordable coverage and when all small employers and their employees will have a wider choice of coverage options. So much has been done at the national and state levels. It has taken us a century to get here, but this has been a terrific start and we should celebrate together.

We should celebrate California’s leadership in their commitments to implement coverage for all California citizens and legal permanent residents. We must urge and hope that our leaders will move more swiftly in implementing the full scope of the reforms: improvements in the low reimbursement rates for primary care; simplification, modernization and expansion of Medi-Cal program coverage for working parents and other adults (the MIAs) and greater commitments to make the Exchange a dynamic purchaser offering better, more affordable coverage for small businesses. We must particularly thank our federal leaders for their steadfast courage and commitment to see this through.