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A Summary of Health Care Financing for Low-Income Individuals in California, 1998 to 2006

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The fifth edition of this report is divided into three sections. It begins with an overview of enrollment and expenditure trends in the major publicly funded health insurance programs available to low-income Californians. By far, Medi-Cal continues to be the largest source of coverage and financing. It is complemented by a number of other health insurance programs that fill in its gaps in coverage. The report then reviews the multiple and overlapping state funding streams that finance health care services for low-income, uninsured individuals. Finally, it presents an overview of the health care delivery systems for these populations, including hospitals, community clinics, and specialized programs for certain sub-populations.