Editorial Endorses Groups’ Plan To Address Uninsured
A Los Angeles Times editorial supports a proposal by Health Access and other not-for-profit groups that would let counties keep funds from sales taxes and vehicle fees while the federal government covers the full cost of the Medi-Cal expansion. Medi-Cal is California's Medicaid program. Under the plan, counties after three years "would receive a set amount per indigent person they enroll in a HMO-style health care network, with any leftover dollars reverting to the state," the editorial notes. It concludes that the "proposal offers a better approach to public health, while leaving counties free to decide who should be eligible for the benefits," adding, "The state should embrace it."
- "A Public Health Compromise for California" (Los Angeles Times, 5/12).