Anxieties are running high as the new Administration and Congress are signaling imminent changes to the Affordable Care Act if not a full repeal. California and its healthcare industry are heavily invested in the ACA — the law supports over 200,000 jobs in the state, over 1.5 million individuals are enrolled in coverage through Covered California and over 13 million residents now rely on Medi-Cal — and dismantling it would have significant economic as well as human impacts. As such, the Council is actively engaging with lawmakers and experts on both sides of the aisle to ensure pragmatic solutions moving forward.
Additionally, the Bay Area Council Economic Institute will be developing a series of policy briefs to be released throughout the year analyzing policy proposals and their potential impact to California’s economy, its healthcare system, and its citizens. The Council’s Healthcare Committee has assembled a task force to help inform which policy proposals to evaluate and will continue to host regular convenings and discussions. To engage in the Council’s Healthcare Committee, please contact Economic Institute President Micah Weinberg.