L.A. Times: COVID-19 got this medical team into homeless camps. What about after the pandemic?
California lawmakers have been hoping to foster programs like this with Assembly Bill 369, legislation that would facilitate Medi-Cal reimbursement for treating people on the street. Feldman said it would be a game changer for programs that have relied on a patchwork of funds because Medi-Cal doesn’t “recognize the street as a legitimate place to deliver healthcare.”
State Sen. Sydney Kamlager (D-Los Angeles), the primary author of the bill, said the majority of homeless people are eligible for Medi-Cal but never see a primary care doctor “for very obvious and legitimate reasons — and all of that is costing the system hundreds of millions of dollars” in later visits to emergency rooms.
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