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Health Coverage for All Californians – Filling in the Gaps

Broadcast date: 5/19/16

While the Affordable Care Act has made coverage more available and affordable for many Americans through subsidized insurance and an expansion of Medi-Caid in states which have opted to do so, several million Californians still don’t have health insurance. 

However, due to a new law, that is set to change, at least for many children who will soon find themselves insured.

On June 24, 2015, Governor Brown signed Senate Bill (SB) 75, into law which expands full-scope Medical eligibility to children in California who are under 19 years of age, regardless of their immigration status. The new law is anticipated to go into effect sometime this month, or later, and is expected to go a long ways to fill the gaps in existing coverage.

Join host Kris Kington Barker as she speaks with Dr. Penny Borenstein, San Luis Obispo County Health Officer and Public Health Department Director, Tara L. Dooley, Manager of Children’s Health Initiative of Santa Barbara County and Administrator of Healthy Kids Santa Barbara insurance product, and Joel Diringer, local health consultant and advocate. Co-founder of the Children’s Health Initiative of San Luis Obispo County as they discuss what the potential benefits and challenges will be of expanding coverage, and how community providers will work together to remove barriers to enrollment on the Central Coast.

Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX and made possible through underwriting by Joan Gellert-Sargen.Broadcast date: 5/19/16