Capital Public Radio: California Advocates Urge State “Vigilance” to Ensure Care for New Medi-Cal Patients

By Pauline Bartolone  

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

California officials say they’re pleased to see 1.9 million have signed up under the Medi-Cal expansion. 

“1.9 million is far more than we ever projected, and there are even more that we’re working to get on as quickly as possible,” says Director of the California Department of Health Care Services Toby Douglas.

He says the state now has work to do.

“And the challenge is now on all of us to make sure that we’re getting everyone access to care,” he says.

Consumer advocates say even before the surge in new enrollees, Medi-Cal patients had problems seeing providers, partly because of low doctor reimbursement rates.

Anthony Wright of Health Access says despite that, most Medi-Cal cardholders have reported being happy with their care. But Wright wants the state to be vigilant in making sure Medi-Cal health plans meet access standards.    

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