CHA News Article

CHCF Holds Briefing on Basic Health Program

The California HealthCare Foundation held a briefing April 27 in Sacramento to discuss how a basic health program (BHP) aligns with various policy and market goals, including the potential effects on low-income consumers, safety-net providers, the state General Fund, the California Health Benefit Exchange (CHBE) and the health insurance marketplace. Experts and stakeholders debated the issues related to creating low-cost health insurance for up to 1 million low-income Californians, but no clear position surfaced. While the goals of a BHP would have a positive impact on affordability and enrollment, the program could have a significant negative impact on CHBE volume and risk. BHP is authorized under the Affordable Care Act, which gives states the option to provide coverage for legal residents who have incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty level and are ineligible for Medi-Cal. More information on the briefing should be available soon at