Briefing on the ACA in CA: Year One & Beyond

Featuring Release of Findings from a Survey of Low-Income Californians

Continuing an effort to explore Affordable Care Act (ACA) implementation in the states, the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Blue Shield of California Foundation examined  ACA implementation in California (CA) at a Sacramento, Calif. briefing and panel discussion on May 28. A state official, experts and advocates discussed issues and challenges related to implementation of the law, and the practical impact of providing coverage to roughly 4.5 million Californians who have coverage via the state marketplace or the Medi-Cal expansion. 

The event featured the release of the report, Coverage Expansions and the Remaining Uninsured: A Look at California During Year One of ACA Implementation based on the latest round of KFF’s Survey of Low-Income Americans and the ACA.  The report, funded by Blue Shield of California Foundation, provides a California snapshot of who gained coverage or remained uninsured in 2014. It also provides information on how the newly insured view their coverage and any problems they have encountered in using their coverage; how the remaining uninsured and newly insured fare with respect to access to medical care and financial burden; and why people in California continue to lack coverage.

An archived webcast will be posted next week.

Speakers included:

Introduction/Moderator:  Richard Thomason, MPA, Blue Shield of California Foundation

California Survey Findings

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

State Perspective on ACA Implementation in California

  • Jennifer Kent, MPA, Director, California Department of Health Care Services

Panel Discussion

  • Moderator: Richard Thomason, MPA
  • Carmela Castellano-Garcia, Esq., California Primary Care Association
  • Sarah de Guia, JD, California Pan-Ethnic Health Network
  • Genoveva Islas, MPH, Cultiva La Salud, & California Health Exchange Board


Thursday, May 28, 2015
12:00 p.m.  – 1:30 p.m. PT (registration and box lunches available beginning at 11:45 a.m.)


The Citizen Hotel
Metropolitan Terrace, 7th floor
926 J Street Sacramento CA 95814

About the Kaiser Family Foundation 

Filling the need for trusted information on national health issues, the Kaiser Family Foundation is a nonprofit organization based in Menlo Park, California.

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.



Event Date

May 28, 2015


Rakesh Singh | Kaiser Family Foundation | (650) 854-9400 |

Christine Maulhardt | Blue Shield of California Foundation | (703) 587-6177 | 

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