(Caroline Hart, KTVU Fox 2) As a record 4.1 million Californians apply for unemployment after losing work due to the coronavirus, wages are not the only vital compensation being lost—many unemployed or underemployed people are also losing private health insurance for themselves and their families. As of April 30, an estimated 12.7 million people nationwide have lost their employer-provided health insurance due to the pandemic.
Losing that insurance is forcing many people, especially those without an income for the foreseeable future, to apply for California’s version of Medicaid, a state and federal health insurance program for low-income people, called Medi-Cal.
But it’s not always easy to figure out what type of insurance one is eligible for, especially if you’re on the cusp of an age or income bracket or lack the internet and technology to apply and find information online. In the Bay Area, community health Read more >>