CHA News Article

California to Proceed With Health Reform Regardless of Supreme Court Outcome

Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration has indicated that California will continue to implement the components of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), even if the U.S. Supreme Court determines the law is unconstitutional. California is expected to receive an additional $45 billion to $55 billion in federal funds between 2014 and 2019 if ACA implementation moves forward. Without that level of financial support, the Brown administration recognizes the difficulty of moving forward with an expansion of health care coverage. California plans to use as much of the federal funding as possible, as quickly as possible, to ensure the state has a marketplace for health insurance. California Health and Human Services Agency Secretary Diana Dooley has asserted that the state should consider implementing its own legislation for an individual mandate if the Supreme Court rules against that provision in the ACA.