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The challenges facing Affordable Care Act outreach workers in LA




The South Central Family Health Center has served the Los Angeles community for 31 years.
The South Central Family Health Center has served the Los Angeles community for 31 years.
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One of the biggest changes under the Affordable Care Act soon will take effect: the nationwide Medicaid expansion.

In California, it means about 1 million more uninsured residents will be eligible for Medi-Cal starting next year. Outreach workers are already heading into communities with a high number of uninsured residents, including South LA.

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KPCC's Jose Martinez says some of the challenges these workers are encountering sound very familiar.