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The $6 billion big-budget Medi-Cal plan will target only a fragment of the 14 million low-income Californians registered with Medi-Cal.
Their services include aiding homeless people or those at risk of losing their homes, frequent users of emergency rooms, children/seniors with complicated physical/mental health conditions, and those who are in (or at risk of landing in) expensive institutions like jails, nursing homes, and mental health crisis centers.
The plan is set to be executed over the next five years, where patients will be assigned a personal care manager to organize their healthcare treatments and other daily needs.
The target demographic receives services that aren’t usually covered by health insurance plans, like getting security deposits paid, receiving fresh fruits and vegetables via delivery, and having toxic mold removed from homes to lessen asthma attacks.
Gov. Gavin Newsom is setting the Medi-Cal initiative as the focal point of his healthcare plan while promising that it will fix the mental and addiction crisis on the streets and get people into housing.
On the other hand, Newsom has a lot to prove as California doesn’t have the evidence to confirm that the initiative will work, alongside a lack of workforce and infrastructure to bring it to life across the state.
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