Empty Promise
Are there enough doctors to serve California’s poor?

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The promise of Obamacare is one thing. The reality is another. Next year, roughly 1 million poor Californians will be added to Medi-Cal, the state’s health insurance program for low-income residents. But across the state, medical providers say they are already overwhelmed trying to serve the current Medi-Cal pool. In their eyes, access could worsen when the newly insured seek treatment. State officials, meanwhile, insist there are sufficient providers to serve the increased Medi-Cal population.

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Empty promise? Experts question doctor supply for California’s newly insured poor

In less than one year, Obamacare’s promise to bring health care to perhaps 1 million more poor California residents will be tested. The big day arrives Jan. 1, 2014, when Medi-Cal, a publicly funded health program for low-income and disabled...

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