People who can't afford their plans at work aren't eligible for the state plans.
The more and more I hear about this, the more and more I don't think this health care plan is going to work. While better than what we had, in its current form it seems more like corporate welfare than any honest attempt to solve the health care problem. It does nothing to solve rising costs, while leaving behind hundreds of thousands in our "universal" insurance.
It's time to start creating the plans to switch to single payer. It would save this state tens of millions of dollars.