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February 25, 2002
As a Medi-Cal eligibility worker in the El Monte district, I totally agree with "County's Computer System Is Botching Medical Benefits" (Feb. 17), regarding the problems facing workers and participants due to the inability of the new computer system to fulfill its expectations as being simpler, faster and more accurate.
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OPINION
February 25, 2002
As a Medi-Cal eligibility worker in the El Monte district, I totally agree with "County's Computer System Is Botching Medical Benefits" (Feb. 17), regarding the problems facing workers and participants due to the inability of the new computer system to fulfill its expectations as being simpler, faster and more accurate.
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NEWS
June 2, 1989 | CLAIRE SPIEGEL, Times Staff Writer
In the hopes of encouraging more private obstetricians to treat low-income pregnant women, state Medi-Cal officials agreed in court documents filed Thursday to adhere to a higher payment rate for doctors and to speed the payment of their claims. A coalition of legal aid attorneys negotiated the settlement to resolve a class-action lawsuit they filed 18 months ago on behalf of thousands of low-income women statewide who were unable to find private doctors to care for them during their pregnancy.
BUSINESS
January 18, 2000 | LIZ PULLIAM WESTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Middle-income people often can arrange their financial affairs so that the government picks up the tab for nursing home care. But are such arrangements prudent planning, as some advocates claim, or an abuse of the system, as others suggest? The only government program that pays for custodial nursing home care is Medicaid, known as Medi-Cal in California. It's a joint state-federal program designed to provide health insurance for the poor.
BUSINESS
January 18, 2000 | LIZ PULLIAM WESTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Middle-income people often can arrange their financial affairs so that the government picks up the tab for nursing home care. But are such arrangements prudent planning, as some advocates claim, or an abuse of the system, as others suggest? The only government program that pays for custodial nursing home care is Medicaid, known as Medi-Cal in California. It's a joint state-federal program designed to provide health insurance for the poor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 1985 | TOM GREELEY, Times Staff Writer
A county status report released Wednesday on improvements at beleaguered Edgemoor Geriatric Hospital predicted that the Santee facility would be certified to receive Medicare and Medi-Cal funding for the next 12 months. But a local state Health Services Department official said the county "is being extremely optimistic." The report, which will be discussed next week by the county Board of Supervisors, followed a four-day state inspection of the 323-bed county hospital in Santee that ended Sept.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 1991
More than 200 workers from the county Department of Public Social Services on Thursday held a 15-minute break-time "walk-out" to demand that money be allocated to fix their air-conditioning system, which has been broken for about two months. "We are dealing with millions of dollars in benefits, and it's very hard for us to make accurate decisions when we're burning up in here," said Luis Gonzales, a Medi-Cal eligibility supervisor at the department's Belvedere District office at 5445 E.
NEWS
September 1, 1993 | IRENE WIELAWSKI
Medi-Cal's system of qualifying illegal immigrants for benefits was designed to encourage them to seek care and to calm fears of deportation. But the provisions inadvertently opened the door to abuse by foreign patients who are neither impoverished nor residents of California--key requirements for Medi-Cal eligibility. The guidelines were devised to comply with federal and state laws that require Medi-Cal to pay for emergency, prenatal and obstetrical care for illegal immigrants.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 2014 | By Soumya Karlamangla
State Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) introduced legislation Friday that would allow immigrants without legal status to receive or buy health insurance through the state. Such immigrants are the single-largest group of people who remain uninsured under the Affordable Care Act. The national law explicitly bars immigrants without legal status from receiving any kind of federal money, which means that in California, they can't buy insurance through the Covered California exchange, or qualify for the state's low-income health plan, Medi-Cal.  "Healthcare for everyone should mean everyone," Lara said at a news conference Friday in Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 26, 1991
Despite all of the crises San Diego County is faced with, it is heartwarming to know that the effort to reduce the serious no-care delivery rate (11%) for pregnant women remains a high priority. Led by Supervisors Brian Bilbray and Leon Williams, the county staff has developed a working relationship between community agencies and physicians to provide services to women who otherwise could not obtain prenatal care. The county staff has reduced the Medi-Cal eligibility determination process from a normal six weeks to two days, started a billing service for physicians who are tired of attempting to negotiate the Medi-Cal billing process, is actively assisting in linking patients to physicians with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and is locating pregnant women with substance-abuse problems and helping them overcome their dependencies.
NEWS
June 2, 1989 | CLAIRE SPIEGEL, Times Staff Writer
In the hopes of encouraging more private obstetricians to treat low-income pregnant women, state Medi-Cal officials agreed in court documents filed Thursday to adhere to a higher payment rate for doctors and to speed the payment of their claims. A coalition of legal aid attorneys negotiated the settlement to resolve a class-action lawsuit they filed 18 months ago on behalf of thousands of low-income women statewide who were unable to find private doctors to care for them during their pregnancy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 1985 | TOM GREELEY, Times Staff Writer
A county status report released Wednesday on improvements at beleaguered Edgemoor Geriatric Hospital predicted that the Santee facility would be certified to receive Medicare and Medi-Cal funding for the next 12 months. But a local state Health Services Department official said the county "is being extremely optimistic." The report, which will be discussed next week by the county Board of Supervisors, followed a four-day state inspection of the 323-bed county hospital in Santee that ended Sept.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 16, 1990 | AMELIA CHAFFEE
The Ventura County Medical Center plans to expand its services in Santa Paula and move from its facility on Main Street into eight trailers next door. The Santa Paula Planning Commission approved the plan Tuesday for the center to build two structures, each made up of four attached 12-foot by 60-foot trailers, said Pierce Leavell, program administrator for the center.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 1991 | IRENE WIELAWSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Many eligible AIDS patients are being deprived of Medi-Cal benefits because of inefficiencies at the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, officials of an AIDS treatment center charged Tuesday. Michael Weinstein, president of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, said 26 of the 84 county AIDS patients referred in the final stages of their illness to the Foundation's Chris Brownlie Hospice arrived without completed Medi-Cal paperwork.
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