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Obamacare FAQ: When Can You Buy or Switch Insurance?

Q: Our 24-year-old daughter is employed full-time and her employer offers health insurance. Does she have to enroll in one of their plans or can she stay on ours until her 26th birthday?

A: Young adults and college students will have more insurance options in the new health care landscape than just about any other group, including both the Covered California marketplace and Medi-Cal, depending on their income.

Obamacare FAQ: Determining Your Family Size

Q: I have been on the Covered California website and the calculator asks for family size, which I presume means the taxpayer plus number of dependents claimed on federal tax forms. If a consumer claims non-child family members (like aging parents) do they count as part of family size?

A: What’s a family? In our shifting social landscape, it could be a single-parent household, a domestic partnership, a same-sex marriage, an unwed cohabitating couple and more.

But when it comes to Obamacare, as Rich from Santa Ana notes, it’s all about taxes.

Obamacare FAQ: What Are Options for College Students and Young Adults?

Q: My youngest child is 21 and graduated from college in May. My other daughter is 24 and is still a college student in Stockton. What are my options with them under the Affordable Care Act?

A: The good news, Simona, is that your daughters may have several options and their coverage could fall into place easily.

Or not.

Let’s cross our fingers and begin with “could fall into place easily.”

Obamacare FAQ: Will You Qualify for Medi-Cal?

Q: How will Medi-Cal eligibility be expanded? My 37-year-old, single daughter is currently not eligible.

A: Medi-Cal provides medical services to more than 8 million low-income Californians. The expansion is expected to make roughly 1.4 million state residents newly eligible.

Will Jack of San Clemente’s daughter be among them? I don’t know for sure, but at least one detail he shared sounds promising.

Obamacare FAQ: Can I Drop My Employer-Offered Insurance?

Q: If my husband’s employer offers health care insurance but it is unaffordable, where does that leave us? Will we qualify for help under Obamacare or will we be out in the cold? We make about $45,000 annually.

A: Apparently, lots of you dislike the health insurance options offered by your employers.

Carrie from the Sacramento suburbs submitted this question, but I’ve received a crush of similar queries from all over the state.

Obamacare Vs. Royal Baby; Obamacare Wins!

Yahoo ranks all manner of searches in its annual Year in Review: Top Searched Handbags; Top Searched Celebrity Pregnancies.

But here at State of Health, we were much more interested in Yahoo’s Most Searched News Stories — and were thrilled to see that “obamacare (affordable care act)” came in second. That in and of itself wasn’t a huge surprise, because we know Obamacare is a big news story. But it’s who Obamacare beat that was startling: the Royal Baby.

Future of Program for Low-Income HIV/AIDS Patients Unclear After Obamacare

Several times each week, Sharon Wilson, a 53-year-old HIV-positive retired caregiver, takes an hour-long bus ride from her Berkeley home to her clinic in downtown Oakland. Wilson doesn’t mind making the trip, because she says the care she has received there since her diagnosis has saved her life.

Wilson says multiple chronic diseases, including HIV, have made it impossible for her to work. Ensuing financial struggles make managing her disease increasingly difficult.

Last Phase of Transition: Rural Californians Move to Medi-Cal Managed Care

Rural Californians already have challenges accessing health care and changes to Medi-Cal, the state’s Medicaid program, could further complicate matters.

Rural areas have fewer physicians and facilities and services are spread out over greater distances than they are in urban and suburban areas. Rural areas also have a disproportionately high number of lower-income, Medi-Cal-eligible residents which creates a challenging situation for state health officials charged with providing medical coverage in rural settings.

San Francisco Obama Supporters, Cancelled by Obamacare

San Francisco architect Lee Hammack says he and his wife, JoEllen Brothers, are “cradle Democrats.” They have donated to the liberal group Organizing for America and worked the phone banks a year ago for President Obama’s re-election.

Since 1995, Hammack and Brothers have received their health coverage from Kaiser Permanente, where Brothers worked until 2009 as a dietician and diabetes educator. “We’ve both been in very good health all of our lives – exercise, don’t smoke, drink lightly, healthy weight, no health issues, and so on,” Hammack told me.

Voter Registration Advantage for Democrats Because of Obamacare? Could Be…

The floundering roll out of the federal government’s health care exchange has given Republicans plenty of reasons to criticize the Affordable Care Act. But setting aside the online train wreck of healthcare.gov and the cost of expanding health care to millions of Americans, there may also be existential political reasons the GOP hates Obamacare: Voter registration.

It goes back to the 1993 National Voter Registration Act — a.k.a. the Motor Voter act. It requires state agencies that provide public assistance, such as the DMV, must also offer voter registration materials to anyone they help.