KCET – Caught Between the Cracks of Health Care for the Undocumented
…Advocates describe the application process for the Non-resident Specialty Care Fund as difficult and involving a lot of red tape, preventing many patients from getting the care they need. Applicants must first be approved for restricted scope Medi-Cal -that allows undocumented immigrants access to emergency and pregnancy related services– before establishing care with a primary care provider who would then provide a referral that must get approved by a benefit administrator. Once the referral is approved, it is sent to a community regional medical center which would then schedule an appointment with a specialist…
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