Waiting For Medi-Cal To Kick In

Kaiser Health News staff writer Anna Gorman reports: "Nearly 2 million Californians have gained coverage with the expansion of the Medi-Cal program for poor and disabled people, including those who transitioned from temporary programs like Healthy Way LA. But roughly 800,000 more applications are pending from people presumed to be eligible for the program. While hospitals are required to accept patients with emergencies, private doctors, health clinics, pharmacies and specialists have discretion over whether to treat patients for non-urgent health needs while they await acceptance into the program" (Gorman, 4/21). Read the story and watch a video with one consumer waiting for her Medi-Cal card.

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