CalWatchdog: Poor in CA whipsawed by disorganized health agencies

CalWatchdog: Poor in CA whipsawed by disorganized health agencies

By Chris Reed

Poor people in California — starting with individuals who make less than $16,200 — are eligible for subsidized health care from Medi-Cal. About 12 million people are enrolled in the state program. Individuals who make from $16,200 to about $60,000 are usually eligible to buy subsidized health insurance from Covered California, the Golden State’s version of Obamacare. There are 1.2 million people who have bought such policies.

But research by the Center for Health Reporting shows that coordination between the two state programs is so weak that tens of thousands of Californians routinely lose health coverage as their incomes fall or rise. The problem is so acute that an anti-poverty group is blasting the state government…. Read the full article here. »

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