When Amber Truong came to California from Vietnam, she couldn't afford to buy health insurance or see a doctor when she was ailing. While generally in good health, Amber feared she was one accident or illness away from the kind of financial disaster that could damage her and her boyfriend's business, a nail salon in suburban Sacramento.
After years of anxiety about being uninsured, Amber was surprised and relieved to learn in 2014 that the Affordable Care Act had expanded eligibility for Medi-Cal, California's Medicaid program for people with physical or mental disabilities, long-term care needs, or limited incomes. She eagerly joined the more than two million Californians who signed up for Medi-Cal under the new law. Now her savings are safe, and she knows that medical bills will not drive her into bankruptcy or threaten the family's business. The 27-year-old's enrollment was followed by a pregnancy, and she is now receiving prenatal care for her first child, due in September. The health benefits provided by Medi-Cal make it more likely that Amber and her baby will enjoy long, healthy, and productive lives.