Despite national efforts to destroy it, the Affordable Care Act (Obama Care) has been really good to the Inland region according to a recent report in IE Business Daily. Dr. Bradley Gilbert, Chief Executive Officer of the Inland Empire Health Plan, noted that since going into effect in 2010, at least 124,000 people across Riverside and San Bernardino Counties have secured medical insurance through California’s version of the plan—Covered California.
The Affordable Care Act also expanded Medicaid. In California, Medicaid eligibility was expanded from 100 percent of the federal poverty rate to 138 percent of the federal poverty rate. In addition, coverage was enhanced to include low-income adults without children. Nearly 400,000 additional Inland residents are now insured by Medi-Cal than were insured before the Affordable Care Act went into effect.