Tuesday, November 24, 2020
The Affordable Care Act in Rural California: A Report on Barriers to Health Care Access and Enrollment in Path2Health, with Proposed Solutions
Lisa R. Pruitt (University of California), The Affordable Care Act in Rural California: A Report on Barriers to Health Care Access and Enrollment in Path2Health, with Proposed Solutions, UC Davis Legal Studies Research Paper (2020, Forthcoming):
Students in the UC Davis Graduate Student Practicum in Rural Community Advocacy partnered with Legal Services of Northern California (LSNC) to work with the residents of nonmetro Plumas County, California, to study the community’s access to health services, with a particular focus on the rollout of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and enrollment in Path2Health, its California precursor to the ACA. Groups of law students and community development graduate students twice travelled to Plumas County to conduct interviews with residents. These interviews revealed a community that seeks to understand the health care options and opportunities available to them, including the ACA. This report was prepared specifically for LSNC Health in order to inform the organization’s work related to ACA education and implementation in Plumas County, as well as elsewhere in rural California. Following is an overview of recurring trends from our investigation. Next are two concept maps showing the relationships among various barriers to health care. Third, we discuss promising programs in place in Plumas County and our recommendations for reaching target populations regarding the ACA. We close with a detailed contact list.