Faces of Medi-Cal
A California Healthline series exploring the impact of the state’s safety-net health program on enrollees.
Share your Medi-Cal story
We want to hear about your experiences and, with your permission, may incorporate your story into our coverage. Please tell us what it has been like for you as you have sought and received care, including the good and the bad, the obstacles and the successes.
Comparta su historia con Medi-Cal
Queremos conocer sus experiencias y, con su permiso, poder incorporar su historia en nuestra cobertura. Cuéntenos su experiencia mientras buscaba y recibía atención, incluyendo lo bueno y lo malo, los obstáculos y los éxitos.
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