California: Neediest Patients Hardest Hit By Medi-Cal Cuts
California’s Medicaid program, known as Medi-Cal, is on the brink of ten percent budget cuts. The impact of these cuts will be felt statewide, but as we have previously reported, the greatest impact will be on the most vulnerable populations in the state. More specifically, the neediest citizens, including the elderly, will feel the effects of the cuts.
As the Ventura County Star reports:
“Too many low-income people who qualify for Medi-Cal are confused by the changes in the insurance system in Ventura County and don’t understand how to get care, according to community residents and advocates. Dozens of people attended a Ventura County Medi-Cal Managed Care Commission meeting Monday night. Many just listened, but some said there has been too little education and outreach to help people figure out the new system, the Gold Coast Health Plan.”
Coverage of the issue continued in the Sacramento Bee:
“Hospital officials in California’s rural counties say the latest round of cuts to Medi-Cal could leave thousands of the state’s neediest people without access to medical care. At particular risk, they say, are elderly and long-term patients who need skilled-nursing care. ‘This is a real crisis,’ said Anthony Wright, executive director of Health Access California, a patient advocacy group. ‘We have been skeptical of providers’ claims in other areas, but not with Medi-Cal cuts.’”
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