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Households caught in health-care mismatch quagmire

Many Californians complain about trying to get issues resolved with Medi-Cal, the state and federal health program for the poor that now covers one-third of the state’s residents.

Other Californians similarly complain about Covered California, the state-run health insurance exchange created under the Affordable Care Act.

Now imagine being in a family with members in each program. For those 600,000 individuals, getting and keeping insurance can be a quagmire.

“We hear a lot from our local programs about mixed-status families getting passed back and forth” between Covered California and Medi-Cal, said Jen Flory, senior attorney at the Western Center on Law and Poverty.

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