MEDI-CAL: Bill Would Allow Return to Work Without Loss of Benefits
The San Francisco Chronicle takes a look at state and federal efforts to help disabled citizens -- particularly people who are HIV-positive -- to return to work without losing their life-sustaining Medi-Cal benefits. The Chronicle reports that Assemblywoman Carole Migden (D-San Francisco) is set to reintroduce a bill that would allow disabled people to buy into Medi-Cal coverage on a sliding scale of $10 to $200 per month. Meanwhile, on the national level, a bill sponsored by Sens. Edward Kennedy (D-MA) and Jim Jeffords (R-VT) and endorsed by President Clinton in his State of the Union speech, "would give states more leeway and financial incentive to experiment with back-to-work proposals like Migden's" (Debare, 1/29).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.