Before Election Day, California’s insurance exchange was slated to meet soon to map out its “long-term vision” for health reform.
That conversation has suddenly shifted to whether the largest state-run marketplace has much of a long-term future itself.
President-elect Donald Trump and Republican Congressional leaders have vowed to quickly repeal the health law that keeps federal premium subsidies flowing to California. And those subsidies will largely determine whether the Covered California exchange continues to exist or whether its mission is significantly scaled back.
The dramatic turn of events prompted Covered California’s executive director Peter Lee to switch his focus to the near-term. On Wednesday, he called an emergency meeting with his employees to remind them that the Affordable Care Act remains in place, and that their top priority is to help consumers sign...