The ACA in California one year in
Obamacare Assessment

About this project

The Affordable Care Act has been providing health coverage for thousands of Californians for almost a year. How has it performed? What's working well and what isn't? And who are the Act's winners and losers? An Assessment.

Stories

Health in an age of change: State health czar Diana Dooley reflects on the ACA's impact

Diana Dooley, secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency, oversees 13 departments and supervises the state’s rollout of the federal Affordable Care Act, including Covered California, the state’s insurance marketplace, and the Medi-...

How Obamacare transformed health care in California: an interactive map

An interactive map, by county, of Californians with health insurance as a result of Obamacare.

In Valley, Affordable Care Act called a blessing or a nightmare

The Affordable Care Act gets mixed reviews after its first year in the central San Joaquin Valley. Many consumers say it’s a blessing to have insurance for the first time.

Saving big time with Obamacare (Video)

Gail Fulbeck, 64, relies on her body for work. She hauls soda, energy drinks, snacks and water to the 23 vending machines she owns around downtown Sacramento.

Some California Views of Health Reform

Government officials, insurance representatives, and regular folks speak out about the Affordable Care Act one year in.

Treating the Newly Insured: A Doctor's Story (Video)

Dr. Hector Flores marvels at the impact of the Affordable Care Act on his Montebello family practice. The number of uninsured patients, he says, has been cut almost in half.

Health reform in California: A state of accelerating change

Gail Fulbeck, 64, relies on her body for work. She hauls soda, energy drinks, snacks and water to the 23 vending machines she owns around downtown Sacramento.

Authors

Deborah Schoch

Deborah Schoch

Senior writer Deborah Schoch reports on hospitals and health care delivery, nursing homes, environmental health and food. Her most recent articles have examined patient safety andhospital infections. She was a founding writer with the Center’s pilot project. Schoch spent 18 years as a staff writer at the Los Angeles Times, covering public health and the environment. She was a member of the Times newsroom teams that won Pulitzer Prizes for breaking news in 1992 and 1994. Schoch graduated from Cornell University and was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 1999-2000, studying science, law and policy. Her work at the Center has won several honors, including first place in the 2010 Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism, from the Association of Health Care Journalists. She sits on the AHCJ board’s Right-to-Know Committee, which works to improve access to public health records.

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