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For Medi-Cal Patients Who Need Specialists or Mental Health Treatment, Where You Live Will Determine Your Access

July 26, 2017
For Medi-Cal Patients Who Need Specialists or Mental Health Treatment, Where You Live Will Determine Your Access

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By Hannah Guzik

 The California department that runs the state’s low-income health program released updated rules last week that spell out how far patients may need to travel to see a doctor.

Medi-Cal managed-care health plans, which cover more than a quarter of Californians, will be required to have primary-care doctors within 10 miles or 30 minutes from patients’ homes.

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After the Hospital, New Center Offers Shelter to the Homeless

July 24, 2017
After the Hospital, New Center Offers Shelter to the Homeless Claudia Boyd-Barrett “You and I, when we leave the hospital if we were to be there for surgery or an ailment, we would go home and one of our loved ones would take care of us and we’d be able to recuperate and watch television,” said Kelly Bruno, Chief Executive Officer of the National Health Foundation. The homeless go back to the street.

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Revised Senate Health Care Proposal Still Slashes Funds to Medicaid

July 14, 2017
Revised Senate Health Care Proposal Still Slashes Funds to Medicaid By Lisa Renner Though the Senate Republicans’ revised health bill includes additional funding compared to the previous version, health advocates say it would still have a devastating effect on low-income Californians.

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Study: Preparing for Affordable Care Act Meant Better Care for Patients in California

July 13, 2017
Study: Preparing for Affordable Care Act Meant Better Care for Patients in California By Ron Shinkman California is one of several states that prepared for health care reform for years before the Affordable Care Act rolled out in 2014. A new study by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research suggest that the early rollout has had some striking results.

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Proposed Medi-Cal Rules Offer Rural Residents Less Access to Specialists and Mental Health Care

July 13, 2017
Proposed Medi-Cal Rules Offer Rural Residents Less Access to Specialists and Mental Health Care By Hannah Guzik Should patients in rural California have to drive four times as far to see a neurologist as someone who lives in Los Angeles? Should your access to health care depend on your zip code?

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Senate Health Bill Would Risk Health Coverage for Half of California Children

June 27, 2017
Senate Health Bill Would Risk Health Coverage for Half of California Children By Hannah Guzik  If the Senate bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act becomes law, more than 5 million California children would be at risk of losing health coverage and some of the state’s hospitals may not be able to keep their doors open, Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Tuesday.

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Health Care Bill Will Hurt Low-Income People of Color and Children, Advocates Say

June 26, 2017
Health Care Bill Will Hurt Low-Income People of Color and Children, Advocates Say By Lisa Renner Minorities would be particularly affected. According to the Medi-Cal Monthly Enrollment Fast Facts report in January, 48 percent of Medi-Cal recipients are Hispanic, 13 percent are Asian/Pacific Islander and 8 percent are African-American. Twenty percent are white and 12 percent didn’t report a race.  

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California’s Rural Counties Benefit Most from Government Health Coverage

June 12, 2017
California’s Rural Counties Benefit Most from Government Health Coverage By Hannah Guzik If Washington, D.C. legislators approve cuts to government health care, California’s rural counties are among those who will suffer most, according to a new report.

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Health Care Overhaul, Federal Budget Could Disproportionately Harm Seniors

June 7, 2017
Health Care Overhaul, Federal Budget Could Disproportionately Harm Seniors By Claudia Boyd-Barrett Older Californians could face increasing financial hardship and difficulty finding health care if Republican-led efforts to overhaul the nation’s health care system move forward, state officials and advocates agreed.  The American Health Care Act (AHCA) would drastically cut federal funds used by states to provide health services to poor and disabled seniors. The budget slashes funding to Medicaid, the federal insurance program for low-income people, known in California as Medi-Cal.

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San Diego Program Offers Support to Former Inmates Through Medi-Cal

June 6, 2017
San Diego Program Offers Support to Former Inmates Through Medi-Cal A San Diego program seeks out formerly incarcerated individuals after they are released to connect them with health care, paid for under the ACA with their Medi-Cal card. Generally, health care seems to provide a crucial link to a better life after incarceration. Former inmates participating in the program are more likely to do well in their communities and avoid the cycle of re-arrests.

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