The Affordable Care Act in California: Briefing and Panel Discussion

In the first of many events to highlight Affordable Care Act (ACA) implementation in the states and on the front lines across the country, the Kaiser Family Foundation partnered with the Blue Shield of California Foundation to examine ACA implementation in California (CA) at a Washington, D.C., briefing and panel discussion on February 19, 2014. State and county officials, experts and advocates discussed the latest developments and lessons learned about the ACA implementation in California, a state with seven million uninsured people, which is expanding its Medicaid program and running a state Marketplace. The event featured the release of a report, The Uninsured at the Starting Line in California, based on findings from the 2013 Kaiser Survey of Low-Income Americans and the ACA, which provides a California snapshot of health insurance coverage, health care use and barriers to care, and financial security among insured and uninsured adults across the income spectrum at the starting line of ACA implementation.

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  • Drew Altman, PhD, President & Chief Executive Officer, Kaiser Family Foundation


  • Peter Long, PhD, President & Chief Executive Officer, Blue Shield of California Foundation

An Overview of California

  • Diana Dooley, Secretary, California Health and Human Services Agency

California Baseline Survey Findings

  • Rachel Garfield, PhD, Senior Researcher & Associate Director of Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, Kaiser Family Foundation

Panel Discussion

  • Moderator:  Peter Long
  • Toby Douglas, Director, CA Department of Health Care Services
  • Mitchell Katz, MD, Director, Los Angeles County Department of Health Services
  • Anthony Wright, Executive Director, Health Access CA
  • Ronald Yee, MD, Chief Medical Officer, NACHC

Federal Perspective

  • Phil Schiliro, Policy Advisor, Office of Health Reform, Domestic Policy Council, Executive Office of the President

About the Blue Shield of California Foundation

Blue Shield of California Foundation is one of the state’s largest and most trusted grantmaking organizations. Our mission is to improve the lives of all Californians, particularly the underserved, by making health care accessible, effective, and affordable, and by ending domestic violence. For more information visit: Blue Shield of California Foundation is an independent licensee of the Blue Shield Association.

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