Healthy Families merging with Medi-Cal
FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- A state budget-cutting effort could impact health care for children. The state is merging the Healthy Families insurance program into the Medi-Cal system.
The change in children's health care would save the state about $13 million a year. But there is concern the nearly one-million children now in Healthy Families will lose access to some specialists who don't take Medi-Cal patients.
Stephen Schilling said, "There will be some specialty providers in our community that will be harder to access, because they may close their doors, they don't want to be a part of an expanded medical program."
Stephen Schilling is the director of Clinica Sierra Vista a primary care center. He says it will be a few days until the state figures out how Medi-Cal and Healthy Families are merged. Both systems are to be blended together by the end of next year.
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