Re "Federal law raising cost of insurance (Page A1, March 29): The article downplays the news that premiums for millions of low-income households will plummet next year, instead focusing on those in the individual market with incomes above $100,000 whose rates will increase.
What's not mentioned is that low-income Californians' costs could drop up to 85 percent. Many of these individuals work for small businesses, and employers and their workers benefit when health costs decrease. People whose premiums increase will benefit from a trade-off: reduced out-of-pocket costs and better benefits.
In 2014, access to coverage won't depend on whether you're self-employed or work for a corporation, or whether your health record is squeaky clean or full of red flags.
With only months until full implementation of the law, it's imperative we focus on fully educating Californians about their options and the myriad benefits the law provides.
-- David Chase, California Director, Small Business Majority, Sacramento, CA