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Latino plaintiffs sue California alleging poor health care

13th July 2017

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The lawsuit alleges the state violates Latinos’ civil rights because poorly paid health care providers balk at providing treatment.

It alleges the low reimbursements often mean that those who rely on Medi-Cal, the state’s health care program for the poor, are denied timely and quality medical care. The lawsuit was filed in Alameda County Superior Court by plaintiffs including the state’s largest labor union representing health care workers.

“In effect, California has created a separate and unequal system of health care, one for the insurance program with the largest proportion of Latinos (Medi-Cal), and one for the other principal insurance plans, whose recipients are disproportionately white,” the suit says.

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