Health Care Reform
Health Care Reform Provides Access to Free or Discounted Health Insurance to Many Healthy San Francisco Participants
In 2010, the federal government enacted a comprehensive law to reform the health care system, called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The purpose of the law is to increase access to affordable health insurance. The law does this by expanding eligibility to free health insurance for low income citizens and legal residents beginning January 1, 2014. In California, this free public health insurance program is called Medi-Cal.
For many Healthy San Francisco Participants, health care reform will bring important benefits. Healthy San Francisco is not health insurance. Health insurance brings more health care benefits, expanded access to doctors, hospitals, and pharmacies, and rights to timely access to services.
Beginning January 1, 2014, many Healthy San Francisco Participants will be eligible for free health insurance through the Medi-Cal program or eligible for financial help in purchasing private health insurance through Covered California. Your income and immigration status will determine which program you qualify for in 2014.
Your Healthy San Francisco Application Assistor can help you apply for the right program.