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Covered California Identifies Uninsured Hotspots

By Kenny Goldberg Covered California has identified hot spots where relatively large numbers of uninsured residents live. The exchange has designated six such hot spots in San Diego County, where it plans to concentrate its enrollment efforts. The six areas … Continue reading

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Lawmakers Drop Effort to Open Covered California to Immigrants Here Illegally

By Kenny Goldberg A legislative effort to allow people who are here illegally to buy Covered California health plans has been shelved. State Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) removed a section from his bill (Senate Bill 4) that would have … Continue reading

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Funding Cliff for Community Clinics Could Impact Low-Income San Diegans

Dr. Chris Gordon meets with a patient at the Chase Avenue Family Health Center in El Cajon in 2013. | Photo Credit: Brian Myers, Media Arts Center San Diego By Megan Burks San Diego community clinic executives have been meeting … Continue reading

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Covered California Announces Grace Period for Applicants Who Missed Deadline

The state’s online health insurance exchange Covered California. | Photo Credit: Tarryn Mento, KPBS By Megan Burks Covered California, the state’s health insurance exchange, is giving Californians until Sunday to complete their applications for January coverage. Previously set for Dec. … Continue reading

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Medi-Cal Enrollment for Former Inmates Picks Up

By Megan Burks Jail and prison inmates are much more likely than the general population to have a mental illness or chronic disease like diabetes. But nine in 10 didn’t have health insurance when they were booked, according to the … Continue reading

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New Law Takes a Step Toward Culturally Competent Health Care

Residents protest a lack of available translation services outside UCSD Medical Center in July 2013. | Photo Credit: Sam Hodgson By Megan Burks Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill co-written by a City Heights woman that will help the … Continue reading

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Complaints Alleging Poor Access to Care Prompt Medi-Cal Audit

By Kenny Goldberg More than 7 million people who have Medi-Cal coverage are enrolled in managed care plans. Lawmakers have ordered an audit because they say they’ve received numerous complaints from Medi-Cal patients who are having trouble getting care. California … Continue reading

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Doctors Not Inundated With Newly Insured Patients

By Kenny Goldberg Millions of previously uninsured Americans now have coverage thanks to Obamacare. But a new report finds most doctors haven’t seen a surge in new patient visits. The study comes from Athenahealth, a company that provides care coordination … Continue reading

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That $96.5M Cut to County Health Services Isn’t as Scary as it Sounds

By Megan Burks San Diego County wrapped up a series of budget hearings this week. On the agenda: a $96.5 million cut to the agency that provides everything from food stamps to long-term care for the elderly. Don’t worry. It’s … Continue reading

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State Glitch Holds Up 90,000 San Diego Medi-Cal Applications

By Megan Burks A state computer glitch is holding up Medi-Cal applications across California. The delays have 94,000 San Diegans awaiting health coverage. People applying for the state-based insurance can expect to wait up to 90 days before their coverage … Continue reading

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