Anna Gorman is a senior correspondent based in Los Angeles. She joined Kaiser Health News from the Los Angeles Times, where she worked for nearly 15 years covering health care, immigration and the Mexican border. She was a 2011 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. She has taught journalism at Harvard University and at USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Anna earned her bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and her master's from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. At the L.A. Times, she was part of a team that won a 2004 Pulitzer Prize. | Contact: AnnaG@kff.org | @AnnaGorman
After signing up hundreds of thousands of Medi-Cal enrollees, the state now needs to figure out how to care for them.
But more than 40 percent of those who lacked coverage last fall still don’t have insurance.
Decoding premiums, co-insurance, co-pays and deductibles has some people reeling – and reaching for glossaries.
Patients say they drive across the border because costs are lower, waits are shorter and doctors speak their language.
About 800,000 people in California are presumed to be eligible for the newly expanded program but lack final approval. For a Los Angeles hairdresser and others like her, that means medical appointments are on hold.
Mary Chiu complained in 2011 that her elderly mother suffered terribly from poor care in a nursing home. Hers is among hundreds of cases that remain unresolved due to a backlog of investigations in Los Angeles County.
An audit that followed a KHN report revealed an alarming backlog of more than 3,000 open inspections at nursing homes. The supervisor in charge of the inspections has been replaced and moved to a 'special assignment.'
The Los Angeles County Auditor/Controller determined that there were more than 3,000 open investigations, including 945 that have been open for more than two years.
But some residents remain unconvinced they need coverage, and others say they can’t afford it even with financial help.
State is one of a few nationally to offer insurance to low-income youths whose parents crossed the border illegally or overstayed visas.