Dispelling Myths for Older Adults/Boomers around the Affordable Care Act Part 1
Covered California Statewide Trainer
Shannon Scharnberg is one of numerous statewide trainers working to disseminate information for Covered California, the healthcare exchange for the new Affordable Care Act (ACA); aka “Obamacare.” One of her main goals is to lessen fears people may have about the program, especially since it represents a paradigm shift from how the American health care system has worked. In this presentation, Ms. Scharnberg notes that, as of 2012, 5.3 million Californians were without health insurance. She then explains different aspects of the ACA, including the “minimal essential coverage” requirement, eligibility of existing plans (most employer-sponsored coverage already meets the requirements, along with other systems such as Medi-Cal), and benefits. She believes ACA provides an opportunity to focus on preventive health and wellness, rather than only on emergency care and treatment of illness.
Resource Link- Covered California Website
Recorded: November 13, 2013