Tag Archives: Medi-Cal Expansion

Advocates Push to Expand California Welfare Program

By Kenny Goldberg First step children. Next step adults. That’s what advocates of the poor say after state lawmakers recently agreed to extend Medi-Cal benefits to the children of immigrants who are living here illegally. Lawmakers have appropriated $40 million … 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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State Officials Pledge to Reduce Medi-Cal Backlog

By Kenny Goldberg California officials have laid out their plans to cut a backlog of Medi-Cal applications in a letter to the federal government. Officials say they’re concentrating on fixing computer problems that have hindered the efforts of county eligibility … Continue reading

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More Money for Medi-Cal, But Doctors’ Pay Cut Remains

By Kenny Goldberg Thanks to Obamacare, more than 2 million additional Californians have signed up for Medi-Cal since last October. But it can be tough to find a doctor willing to treat them. That’s because the state cut the Medi-Cal … 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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California Lawmakers Face Tight Deadline to Tackle Health Reform

By Kenny Goldberg California lawmakers are up against a tight deadline to get the state ready for the full rollout of healthcare reform. A variety of major decisions need to be made quickly. States are required to launch their new … Continue reading

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