Democratic Leader Pelosi Touts Covered California Successes in Treating Patients

UCSF | Susan Kostal

Peter Lee (far left), executive director of Covered California, reports first-year successes of the health insurance exchange during a press conference held at UCSF Mission Bay. UCSF Chancellor Sam Hawgood (second from left), UCSF patient Anita Hiley (second from right) and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi also spoke at the event. Photo by Susan Merrell

Nearly 1.3 million people have received access to vital treatment at top hospitals through the health insurance program known as Covered California since it launched in January 2014, Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi announced this week at press conference held at UC San Francisco. The goal of the event was to encourage more Californians to enroll in the health insurance exchange by this year’s closure date of Jan. 31, 2016.

Pelosi joined Covered California and UCSF leaders to highlight a new report documenting successes of the statewide program, created through the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which offers coverage to people who do not have access to health insurance through their employers, or are otherwise uninsured, including those with preexisting conditions. Some 111 hospitals across the state submitted data to Covered California for the report.

“We are proud of the statistics, but what matters most are the individuals behind those. This plan has succeeded,” Pelosi said.

Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California, noted that the 65,000 Californians who visited the emergency room in the last 18 months “got the best care when the worst happens.” Another 5,745 babies were delivered, including 473 babies who received care in neonatal intensive care units, 741 people were treated for trauma and broken bones, 10,928 for cancer and 89 with organ transplants. Continue reading