New Health Program Targets San Diego’s ‘Sickest, Poorest, Most Vulnerable’

Mar. 7, 2014 / By

New America Media, Video, Paul Kleyman / Video by Jonah Most

Pictured above: Members of the local media in San Diego discuss a new program that aims to streamline health care for low-income seniors and people with disabilities.

SAN DIEGO–“Watch for the blue envelope–Don’t throw it away!”

That’s the message community reporters need to spread, San Diego’s leading health care directors urged at a recent briefing of local media and frontline health care practitioners and advocates organized by New America Media. The county’s health leaders are working to implement a new federal and state program to improve care for almost a half million low-income seniors and people with disabilities, almost 50,000 of them in San Diego.

The blue envelopes began arriving on Jan. 1, and thereafter in 30 day intervals up to 
April 1, when San Diego is scheduled to launch Cal MediConnect, a pilot program that seeks to merge services for beneficiaries of both Medi-Cal (California’s name for the low-income Medicaid program) and Medicare.

The enrollment materials are available in English and 11 other languages. [http://bit.ly/1d7Zyr5]

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New America Media is the country's first and largest national collaboration and advocate of 3,000 ethnic news organizations. Over 57 million ethnic adults connect to each other, to home countries and to America through 3000+ ethnic media outlets, the fastest growing sector of American journalism. Founded by the nonprofit Pacific News Service in 1996, NAM is headquartered in California with offices in New York and Washington D.C., and partnerships with journalism schools to grow local associations of ethnic media.