California Healthline talked to L.A. Care CEO John Baackes in "After Setback, Proponents Of Universal Coverage In Calif. Look To Next Governor". The piece talks about the major setback for advocates of state-funded efforts to expand health insurance coverage. Several proposals to make coverage more accessible and affordable for millions of Californians were left out of the state’s 2018-19 budget, forcing advocates to put plans on hold until the next Governor takes office.
Two of the proposals cut from the budget would have provided full Medi-Cal coverage to undocumented immigrants 65 and older, and ages 19 to 25. Baackes told California Healthline that he supports the coverage expansion efforts, and that these proposals should also plan for future economic turndowns so that there is not unsustainable financial pressure on Medi-Cal.
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L.A. Care Health Plan is a public entity and community-accountable health plan serving residents of Los Angeles County through a variety of health coverage programs including L.A. Care Covered™, Medi-Cal, L.A. Care Cal MediConnect Plan and PASC-SEIU Homecare Workers Health Care Plan. L.A. Care is a leader in developing new programs through innovative partnerships designed to provide health coverage to vulnerable populations and to support the safety net. With more than 2 million members, L.A. Care is the nation’s largest publicly operated health plan.