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Predicted Medi-Cal Enrollment among Californians Working for Large Firms

Fact Sheet CoverApril 2013, by Dave Graham-Squire, Ken Jacobs, and Laurel Lucia

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California Assembly Bill 880 would impose a penalty on large private employers who have non-disabled employees who enroll in Medi-Cal. In this fact sheet, we analyze the number of working Californians expected to enroll in Medi-Cal after the Affordable Care Act is implemented. Approximately 250,000 Californians working for firms with 500 or more employees are currently enrolled in Medi-Cal, close to half (44%) in the retail and restaurant industries. In 2014, between 60,000 and 100,000 additional individuals working for large employers are expected to become newly eligible for and enroll in Medi-Cal under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), for a total of between 310,000 and 350,000 enrollees. By 2019, an estimated 350,000 to 380,000 employees of large firms will be enrolled in the program.


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