SACRAMENTO — The state Legislature gaveled in a special session
on healthcare Monday, pushing forward with sweeping proposals to
help California implement President Obama’s healthcare overhaul.
The measures, including a major expansion of Medi-Cal, the
state’s public insurance program for the poor, would cement the
state’s status as the nation’s earliest and most aggressive
adopter of the federal Affordable Care Act. Beginning in January
2014, the law requires most Americans to buy health insurance or
pay a penalty.