January 07, 2019

Statement from Peter V. Lee on Gov. Newsom’s Health Care Agenda for California



SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Covered California Executive Director Peter V. Lee released the following statement following the release of Governor Gavin Newsom’s first official act:

“We applaud Governor Newsom for building on the strong foundation of the Affordable Care Act in his first official action. At a time of ongoing uncertainty from Washington, the governor is not only embracing policies that will lower the cost of coverage for millions in the individual market, he is also offering increased help to those who are struggling with rising costs.

The governor’s plan to make health care more affordable and restore the individual shared responsibility provision, which was repealed by the federal government in 2019, will lower health care costs for millions and increase enrollment. We believe the provision will help ensure stability so that California continues to build on its success to reach universal coverage.

As we enter Covered California’s final week of open enrollment, this is a clear signal for Californians to sign up for coverage through Jan. 15.

Covered California looks forward to working with the Newsom Administration, as we have with the state legislature, to provide technical assistance regarding plans to increase and expand subsidies to enhance affordability.”

About Covered California

Covered California is the state’s health insurance marketplace, where Californians can find affordable, high-quality insurance from top insurance companies. Covered California is the only place where individuals who qualify can get financial assistance on a sliding scale to reduce premium costs. Consumers can then compare health insurance plans and choose the plan that works best for their health needs and budget. Depending on their income, some consumers may qualify for the low-cost or no-cost Medi-Cal program.

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