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Health Overhaul Could Mean Crowds

The Affordable Care Act mandates increased health coverage for the uninsured. In California, that means expanding the state’s Medi-Cal program and offering subsidized insurance plans on a newly created state-run exchange. Many health care experts say there simply will not be enough doctors to go around. According to the California Health Benefit Exchange, 2.6 million Californians will be eligible to purchase subsidized health insurance on the first day of 2014, and an additional 2.4 million will be newly eligible for full coverage through Medi-Cal. Statewide, the study estimates that nearly 43 percent of uninsured Californians will qualify for Medi-Cal in 2014 according to a report in the UT San Diego News.