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Coalition Wants 100% Enrollment in Safety Net Programs by 2020

By Megan Burks San Diego labor, faith and community groups gathered Saturday at the County Administration Center to demand the county achieve 100 percent enrollment in federal social safety-net programs by 2020. The group calls itself the Invest in San Diego Families … Continue reading

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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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Dental Program for Low-Income Californians Gains Patients While Losing Dentists

By Kenny Goldberg California’s dental program for the poor is falling short. A new state review of the Denti-Cal program, shows between 2009 and 2014, the number of children enrolled in the Denti-Cal program increased by nearly 40 percent. But … Continue reading

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Immigrants in U.S. Illegally Could Qualify for Medi-Cal

By Kenny Goldberg Up to 500,000 immigrants living in the U.S. illegally could be eligible for Medi-Cal coverage if executive actions  by President Barack Obama take effect, according to a new policy brief from the UCLA Center for Health Policy … Continue reading

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Second Opinion: Tales From Year One of Covered California

Video Credit: Nic McVicker, KPBS By Megan Burks Nearly 60 percent of San Diego County residents who were previously uninsured signed up for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act in 2014. And as year two begins, more than 300,000 … Continue reading

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Refugee Experience Drives Nile Sisters

The Nile Sisters Development Initiative includes Lula Bom, Yu Yu Khaing, Nancy Martey and founder Elizabeth Lou. | Photo Credit: Adam Ward By Adam Ward Elizabeth Lou, founder of Nile Sisters Development Initiative, arrived in the United States in 1999 … 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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Doctors Praise Governor’s Move, But Say Medi-Cal Pay Still Too Low

By Kenny Goldberg California Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed budget eliminates a planned 10 percent Medi-Cal payment cut that was to be retroactive to 2011. But it still preserves a 10 percent cut to Medi-Cal rates going forward. Approximately 8.5 million … Continue reading

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Millions in California Will Remain Uninsured Despite Obamacare

By Kenny Goldberg Officials say more than 1 million people have picked a health plan on the federal website, and some 400,000 Californians have enrolled through the state’s Covered California exchange. Even though many California residents are eligible for subsidized … Continue reading

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