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Officials Say Medi-Cal Cuts Would Not Affect Healthy San Francisco

San Francisco officials say the health care cuts included in Gov. Jerry Brown's (D) proposed budget package will not affect tens of thousands of San Francisco residents who receive coverage through Healthy San Francisco, the New York Times reports.

About Healthy San Francisco

Healthy San Francisco started in 2007 to provide health insurance coverage to adult residents who earn too much to qualify for Medi-Cal, but not enough to purchase private insurance. Medi-Cal is California's Medicaid program.

Healthy San Francisco receives funding from the city, the federal government, patient contributions and fees imposed on San Francisco businesses that do not provide health coverage for their workers. The program receives no funding from the state.

Insulated From Cuts?

As part of his budget proposal for fiscal year 2011-2012, Brown has proposed raising copayments for Medi-Cal beneficiaries and imposing certain caps on coverage.

Jim Soos -- assistant director of policy and planning for the San Francisco Department of Public Health -- said the 55,000 people enrolled in Healthy San Francisco would see no changes in the program resulting from the proposed Medi-Cal cuts (Glantz, New York Times, 1/15).

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