SACRAMENTO, Calif. — With a final surge over the past two weeks,
more than 3 million California consumers enrolled in health
insurance plans or in Medi-Cal by April 15, Covered California™
and the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS)
Kyle Harvey addresses a critical reality about the new healthcare
law in California, “Slow going,” published Dec. 9. While data
demonstrates strong consumer interest in health plans through
Covered California, the enrollment numbers do not yet match that
California has more immigrants than any other state. At least one
in four Californians — more than 10 million people — were born in
And they’re a diverse bunch: Some immigrants, like my parents,
are naturalized U.S. citizens. Others are green card holders.
Some live here illegally. In addition, there are many thousands
of people who have temporary status here on work or student
The risk for autism is heightened when children who have a
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Keck School of Medicine.
“My husband and I are uninsured and are lucky to have been
patients at a local clinic for the past several years. We’re
both still working but have jobs that do not offer insurance. One
week ago the clinic abruptly closed. So now, along with the
huge stress of uncertain income in recent years, we now suddenly
lost the one form of healthcare we’d had! I stumbled upon your
website, and eventually made my way to the MyHealthResource page.
Thank God! We will be patients in five weeks at a clinic listed
on your site, and will visit a free clinic tomorrow morning, so
that we can get help for the cold/flu we’ve been fighting for
days. Thank God I found your site and your excellent,
comprehensive list! I had been doing independent searches for
days and had found nothing to help us! All of you – and your
terrific site – are miracle workers! In addition to the “free or low-cost
providers” info, you have current info on other health topics
that I have also been searching for! You are the BEST!”
We find a dramatic difference in coverage between insurance
companies. Some clients at our treatment center get the services
they need to get better, while others have no benefits and cannot
afford care. It is a tragedy. We see profound damage to the
individual and their loved ones. We hope that organizations like
yours can make a difference, thank you!
“Hi. I am one of the very many people trying to live on a small
amount of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), due to my
disability. I am fortunate to have Medicare and (Medi-Cal), which
have helped me to keep my health as good as my insurance allows.
I, too, was devasted when they cut so many services from
Medi-Cal, especially vision, dental and mental health care. So I
am no longer able to take care of those aspects of my health.
“I am extremely grateful to find people who care enough about all
of us enough to help. People like you are our saving grace.
“Your (Californians for
Patient Care) website is easy to navigate and very
informative. I got the information I needed very quickly. There
seems to (be) assistance for most physical needs and more. Thank
you for coordinating these services and thank you for listening.”