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More Than 400,000 Californians Get Health Care Through 'Bridge to Reform'



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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, June 25, 2012

 

More than 400,000 Californians have been enrolled in county health programs since 2010. Farrah McDaid-Ting is from the California State Association of Counties.

McDaid-Ting: "We're really testing out what the ACA is designed to do, which is get care, primary care to these childless adults."   

California is one of a handful of states using federal funds for the early expansion of Medicaid.

McDaid-Ting says the Low-Income Health Programs seek to bring down costs by giving uninsured adults primary care.

McDaid-Ting: "It costs a lot of money to treat someone who has a chronic condition who shows up in the ER. If we can treat that person and get that person under control with primary care, I think it will in the long run save taxpayers money."

The federal government will give almost three billion dollars to this phase of California's low-income health program.

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