Uncovered California

This project results from an innovative reporting venture – the USC Center for Health Journalism News Collaborative – which involves print and broadcast outlets across California, all reporting together on the state’s uninsured.

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This project results from an innovative reporting venture — the USC Center for Health Journalism News Collaborative — which involves print and broadcast outlets across California, all reporting together on the state’s uninsured.

Outlets include newspapers from the McClatchy Corp., Gannett Co., Southern California News Group, and La Opinion, as well as broadcasters at Univision and Capital Public Radio.

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Health Care

The Waiting Game: When Hospitals Say No, Where Can Uninsured Patients Find Surgery?

May 23, 2019 | Sammy Caiola

County health programs and federally funded community clinics generally make up the safety net for people without insurance. But when an ailment requires surgery or other complex treatment, patients are forced to get creative or wait it out.

Jessica Paterson / Flickr

Health Care

Health Care Plans For Undocumented Californians May Be Scaled Back

May 16, 2019 | Sammy Caiola

State lawmakers could be scaling back proposals to expand Medi-Cal coverage to all Californians regardless of immigration status, after a Senate budget subcommittee approved funding for only undocumented young adults and seniors.

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Health Care

Newsom’s Latest Health Care Proposal Includes More Help For Covered California Consumers, Less Money For The Undocumented

May 9, 2019 | Sammy Caiola

Gov. Gavin Newsom says he’s committed to universal health care goals, but some advocates say his revised budget proposal falls short, particularly for the undocumented.

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Health Care

California’s Patchwork Of Care For The Undocumented: Where You Live Matters

March 22, 2019 | Sammy Caiola

While comprehensive care is elusive for the undocumented in all California counties, where a person lives can make all the difference in whether health care is available at all outside of emergency rooms.

Autumn Payne / Courtesy

Health Care

California’s Individual Mandate: A Fix For A Broken System? Or A Penalty On The Poor?

February 21, 2019 | Sammy Caiola

Newsom and his legislative allies say they want the state-level mandate to work the same way as the federal one. The goal is to encourage enough healthy people to buy coverage to offset costs from those who need expensive care.

Rich Pedroncelli / AP Photo

Health Care

California Could Insure Many More People — But It Will Come At A Price

January 31, 2019 | Sammy Caiola

State lawmakers received a first look Friday at the costs tied to an ambitious plan to provide health insurance for more California residents.