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Riverside County Gears Up for New Health Plan Enrollment

In January, Riverside County will launch Riverside County HealthCare, a new program to provide care to uninsured residents who do not qualify for Medi-Cal, California's Medicaid program. More than 20,000 low-income residents are expected to apply for the program, which has received state and federal approval. The federal government will cover 50% of the cost of the program. Under the program, beneficiaries will be assigned to public health clinics in an effort to emphasize primary and preventive care and reduce more expensive specialist and emergency department visits.

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