California government officials have agreed to send voter registration cards to each of the nearly 4 million residents of the state who have enrolled for private health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. In addition, Covered California, the official state health insurance exchange, will soon also provide voter registration information and links to the Secretary of State’s website for individuals who visit the site in order to enroll for private health insurance. The moves are part of a deal announced by the state in response to a complaint filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the League of Women Voters of California and a handful of other voting rights entities.

The groups have been urging California state government officials to make it easier for women, minorities and underprivileged individuals to register for voting. The groups have noted that the National Voter Registration Act of 1999 requires states to provide people with proper access and opportunity to voter registration information and forms. The California Department of Motor Vehicles and several state government offices already provide such information to their clients. Despite promising to do so, the state however has so far not included its health insurance exchange to the list of entities that provide such assistance. The latest announcement will address that shortcoming.

Companies in Lakewood, California, looking to understand how the health care reform proposals of the Affordable care Act impacts them, should contact the employee benefits consultants at HR Solutions & Brokerage, LLC to learn more.

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