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California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) says he will also create a state surgeon general position via executive order and make California the first state to cover immigrants without legal status who are younger than 26 through Medi-Cal. Newsom did not provide details during his inauguration speech about how he is going to pay for these health care goals, though Democrats in the Legislature are generally supportive of his ideas.
The proposal from the Trump administration would allow immigration officials to penalize immigrants who are seeking green cards for utilizing government aid programs such as Medicaid.
County workers are supposed to determine if someone is eligible for health coverage under California’s Medicaid program, and then send that information to the state. But the records don’t always match up.
Immigrants at one Oakland clinic are worried that being enrolled in Medicaid will stall their efforts to gain citizenship.
Experts say that hundreds of thousands of children and other members of low-income legal immigrant families could drop out of public programs providing health care, nutrition and housing assistance due to the rule, which directs immigration officials to take into account things such as Medicaid assistance when determining green card eligibility.
UnitedHealthcare had covered the university teaching hospital’s Medi-Cal enrollees but it announced it was pulling out at the end of October, a move that was expected to force about 1,000 UCD patients to find new primary care doctors.
Adults and caregivers aren’t receiving enough education about Denti-Cal services, the process of finding care is too tedious, and funding for the program is not sustainable, according to a report by the Little Hoover Commission.
Project Baby Bear will work with infants on Medi-Cal from four different cities: Fresno, Oakland, Sacramento and San Diego. Blood samples will be dispatched to Rady Children’s Hospital’s high-speed sequencing lab in San Diego, where the institute’s team of geneticists will use custom software to quickly look for genetic markers of disease.
Tooth decay in California’s children far outpaces the rest of the country, and officials have been focusing on making improvements to its program that helps children of low-income families get care.
Vision to Learn’s vans, staffed by an optometrist and an optician, visited more than 1,200 schools in 25 districts throughout L.A. County. The program targeted schools that had at least 65 percent of their students qualifying for free or reduced-price lunches based on their household income