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County Innovations in Financing Care for California's Medically Indigent Adults

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Publication Date: November 2007

Publisher(s): California HealthCare Foundation

Author(s): Bobbie Wunsch; Tim Reilly; Steven Krivit

Series: Issue Brief

Topic: Health (Health services for low income people)

Type: Brief

Coverage: California

Abstract:

California counties have a statutory requirement to provide health services to low-income and indigent people with no other source of care, including a population known as medically indigent adults. Due to variations in local resources and policies, county-sponsored programs for the medically indigent differ throughout the state in terms of their eligibility rules and the scope of benefits provided. This issue brief, which is based on a survey of county representatives, attempts to document the experience of select California counties.