Researchers Estimate 220,000 to Go Without Coverage

As many as 220,000 California children could be excluded from affordable health care coverage because of restrictions on programs created as a result of federal health care legislation passed last year, according to a study released today. Researchers at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research say health care legislation restrictions will exclude many uninsured children — up to 20 percent — who are immigrants or have immigrant parents. About 40,000 of those children might be eligible for coverage but might not apply because of confusion about rules for the California Health Benefit Exchange, from which coverage will be purchased, and Medi-Cal, researchers found. Medi-Cal is California’s Medicaid program, which covers poor elderly and handicapped residents.

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