The Impact of the Los Angeles Healthy Kids program on County Indigent Care Programs

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The Impact of the Los Angeles Healthy Kids program on County Indigent Care Programs

Abstract

Presently, two options exist for covering medical services for uninsured, low income children. The first is to enroll eligible children into comprehensive insurance programs such as Los Angeles Healthy Kids, which provides coverage for children ineligible for Medi-Cal or Healthy Families with family incomes below 300% FPL. The second option is through indigent care services delivered by county-operated safety net clinics that provide care to all people regardless of their ability to pay. This study examines the impact of Healthy Kids since its inception and compares it to utilization of pediatric care visits paid for through county indigent care programs. Los Angeles: University of Southern California. November 2008.

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