low income health program http://kvpr.org en Medi-Cal Expansion In Fresno County Is Steady, But Stressful http://kvpr.org/post/medi-cal-expansion-fresno-county-steady-stressful <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In a cramped cubicle in the Sunnyside neighborhood of Fresno County, </span>Neng<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Yang is playing a small role in the country’s healthcare overhaul. On this afternoon, she’s helping a Hmong woman enroll in </span>Medi-Cal<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>“She prefers English, so her kids can read to her, because she doesn’t read and write in Hmong, and sometimes the translation gets lost when it’s sent to her in Hmong,” says Yang, a certified enrollment counselor at Fresno Center for New Americans.</p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 17:51:07 +0000 Rebecca Plevin 28645 at http://kvpr.org Medi-Cal Expansion In Fresno County Is Steady, But Stressful Fresno County Plan to End Care For Undocumented Meets Resistance http://kvpr.org/post/fresno-county-plan-end-care-undocumented-meets-resistance <div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In Fresno County, implementation of the federal healthcare law has had some unintended consequences.</span></p></div><p>For one, the law expanded the insurance program for the poor, known here as Medi-Cal. That’s a huge benefit to uninsured people who could not previously afford health coverage. But it’s turned out to be a problem for the county. It’s now receiving less state funding for its medical safety-net program, based on the assumption that less people will need it. The county contracts out this care to Community Regional Medical Center.</p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 18:28:17 +0000 Rebecca Plevin 27137 at http://kvpr.org Fresno County Plan to End Care For Undocumented Meets Resistance Valley Counties Move Slowly Toward Health Reform http://kvpr.org/post/valley-counties-move-slowly-toward-health-reform <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In less than one year, the federal health care law will take effect. When that happens, an estimated 1.4 million low-income, uninsured adults in California will become eligible for Medicaid. That’s a huge number of people who will suddenly be eligible for health benefits and better access to health care.</span></p> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 17:07:34 +0000 Rebecca Plevin 9396 at http://kvpr.org Valley Counties Move Slowly Toward Health Reform