Will there be enough doctors to see California’s newly insured poor?

CHCF Center for Health Reporting Senior Writer Emily Bazar talks about her latest project on the Affordable Care Act. 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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