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Governor Jerry Brown did not include major investments in Medi-Cal or Covered California in his budget revision last week, but lawmakers and advocates say they'll keep pushing to improve the programs.  Capital Public Radio's Sammy Caiola has more.

A bill that would expand health care coverage to undocumented adults has moved forward in the California state Assembly.  It passed along party lines yesterday (Tuesday).  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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For the first time in nearly a decade, Medi-Cal recipients are covered for most basic dental services.  Capital Public Radio's Sammy Caiola checked in with dentists about the change.

A bill making it's way through the California Legislature would expand Medi-Cal coverage to undocumented adults between the ages of 19 and 26.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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The Trump Administration's proposals for replacing the Affordable Care Act would likely mean California would receive many fewer billions of dollars for the state's Medi-Cal program.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

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Governor Jerry Brown has proposed more funding for the state's version of Medicaid, in spite of talks that the Affordable Care Act may be repealed under the new Trump administration.  Capital Public Radio's Health Care Reporter Ja'Nel Johnson has details.

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Advocates for seniors are praising Governor Jerry Brown's signing of the Medi-Cal Estate Recovery Act.  As KVCR's Matt Guilhem reports, the new measure reverses a long-standing state policy that put liens on Medi-Cal patients' property. 

Undocumented Kids Get Full Medi-Cal Today

May 16, 2016

The new "Health4AllKids" program begins today, meaning all children in California, regardless of immigration status are now eligible for the full scope of Medi-Cal benefits.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem has more on the sweeping change and what will be covered.

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Approximately 170,000 children living in California illegally will soon gain access to health care.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

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Support is growing for Governor Jerry Brown's proposal to restructure California's tax on health insurance plans.  A key interest group is backing the tax - and some Republicans are hinting that they might too.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler has more.

A new report shows California is leading the nation in reducing the number of Latino children without health coverage, in large part due to the expansion of Medi-Cal under the Affordable Care Act.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem has more on the newly-released information. 

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A new report estimates about half of immigrants living without legal documentation in California would qualify for Medi-Cal, if the program were open to them.  It also provides rare data about where they live.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford explains.

California would like to try a new approach to providing health care to the homeless.  But first it needs approval from the federal government.  Capital Public Radio's Katie Orr reports.

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California lawmakers are back in Sacramento after summer recess for their final four weeks of work this year.  Special sessions on highway repairs and Medi-Cal funding top the priority list.  But as Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports from Sacramento, Republicans say they don't support tax or fee increases for either issue.

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California is under orders to change the way it funds Medi-Cal.  Lawmakers are considering the issue in a special legislative session.  Capital Public Radio's Katie Orr has details on a proposal announced yesterday [Monday].

Medi-Cal Turns 50 This Week

Jul 31, 2015
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Medi-Cal, the California edition of the federal Medicaid program, turns 50 theis week. A new study shows the health insurance plan for low income residents insures half of the Golden State's children. KVCR's Matt Guilhem has more on the findings and the future of Medi-Cal.

New Report Points Out Lack of Medi-Cal Oversight

Jun 17, 2015
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An audit of the department that oversees Medi-Cal found inaccurate health plan information, thousands of unanswered calls, and a lack of oversight.  Capital Public Radio's Katie Orr reports on the report's release yesterday (Tuesday.)

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A bill that would limit California's ability to recover assets from the estates of deceased people will have a hearing at the Capitol this morning (Monday).  As Capital Public Radio's Health Care Reporter Pauline Bartolone tells us, a similar bill was vetoed by Governor Jerry Brown last year.