Hospitals are often places where uninsured people connect with the health care system. And they will play an important role in getting people covered under the Affordable Care Act starting this fall.
The California Hospital Association is sharing a guidebook with member hospitals, outlining the step-by-step process of telling whether a person is eligible for subsidized health insurance or benefits through the Medi-Cal expansion. It gives an overview of the online application portal called the California Healthcare Eligibility and Retention System.
Covered California, the state's health insurance exchange, expects that 75 percent of the uninsured may need help with enrollment. Next year, the federal health law will require adults to have health coverage or pay a tax penalty. Hospitals that register as an "enrollment entity" could have staff assisting people at the admitting desk, emergency department, birthing center or urgent care.
More information about the California Hospital Association guidebook is found at www.calhospital.org.