State’s Obamacare preparation lauded
July 22, 2013
California will be one of the first states to meet its federally-mandated health-care renovation requirements, the State Auditor’s office has reported in a new study.
The insurance exchange was one of the earliest in the nation to be be formed, in swift response to passage of the Affordable Care Act. California’s uninsured population was the country’s biggest in 2011.
The auditor’s report gives this state’s program passing grades but wonders if it will eventually be solvent — something that will not be known until the program is operational.
Spending oversight and establishment of conflict-of-interest disclosure requirements earned praise from the auditor, but state officials have been tardy in hiring people to staff support centers.
Also, California officials plan to be far more open with contract details than required by law, another element earning plaudits from the auditor.