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Health Benefit Exchange

This is an independent public entity within the state government that will create a competitive marketplace for consumers to choose the health plan and providers that give them the best value. State exchanges will be set up voluntarily, or by the federal government for states that do not create their own. On January 1, 2014 the exchange will start offering coverage for individuals and small employers with incomes between 133 and 400 percent of the federal poverty level. Small employers with less than 50 employees may also purchase coverage through the exchange. California has already established its Exchange.

Healthcare Safety Net

Safety net healthcare providers are organizations or entities that have a high proportion of patients covered by Medi-Cal or other programs targeted to low-income Californians, or who are uninsured/self-pay patients. California’s healthcare safety net includes, but is not limited to, community health centers, county hospital and ambulatory care systems, and private providers.

Healthy Families

California's version of the federal Children’s Health Insurance Program, Healthy Families provides health, dental, and vision coverage for low-income children, teens, and pregnant women. As a result of changes in state law, California will transition all Healthy Family enrollees to Medi-Cal in 2013. Learn more »