Imperial Valley Press – January 16, 2014
A bill by Assemblyman V. Manuel Pérez to provide coverage for uninsured workers not covered by the Affordable Care Act was approved by the Assembly Committee on Health with a vote of 11-5 on Tuesday.
“We are facing a major health crisis among our lowest-income workers who lack access to care in our state,” Pérez said. “AB 175 is a concrete and practical step to bridge this gap. Stakeholders agree that access to health care makes our state stronger, and we are committed to making this proposal a viable solution for our uncovered workers.”
AB 175 establishes an Uncovered Worker Health Care Trust Fund, which would be the repository for private contributions from employers whose workers are not eligible for the ACA, as well as contributions from charitable and philanthropic organizations. The dollars in the fund would then be used to contract health care services with nonprofit community health centers that already serve the uninsured.