San Diego, CA – A lawsuit was recently filed by Latino residents and the community division of the Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers West against the state of California.
ABC News reports that the lawsuit accuses the state of violating Latinos’ civil rights by paying healthcare providers poorly, thus causing them to be refused treatment. As a result of not compensating doctors fairly, over 13 million low-income California residents, over half of them Latinos, are not able to receive the medical care they need.
The lawsuit claims that the people who depend on Medi-Cal, the state’s healthcare program for low-income residents, are repeatedly denied quality healthcare. Specifically, ABC News reveals that the suit accuses California of creating a “separate and unequal” healthcare system; Medi-Cal for the 7.2 million Latinos it covers, and another for the principal health insurance plans.
The insurance claims attorneys on the case say it’s the first time a civil rights approach has been used in California. Since California is one of the only states that explicitly disallows discriminatory effects within state programs, the approach should hold up in court.
One of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit is Saul Jimenez Perea, age 33, has cerebral palsy and needs recurring hospital visits. Because he is enrolled in Medi-Cal, it took him months to get the medical care from the necessary specialists.
In a recent interview, Perea emphasized the fact that if people have a “certain type of insurance,” they are not getting treated fairly by the medical system. Unfortunately, his experience is only one of many that have become the norm for those covered by Medi-Cal.
Despite the 2017 state budget including $107 billion in funding for Medi-Cal, it is not even close to the amount necessary to ensure quality health insurance coverage for the people that rely on it. In fact, those on Medi-Cal have significantly worse access to quality healthcare compared to those who are on Medicare.
The lawsuit further alleges that those on Medi-Cal experience far more undiagnosed and untreated health conditions than people on other types of California health insurance. One of the reasons why, according to the suit, is because the program has some of the lowest reimbursements in the country, and is severely less than what other insurance plans pay providers.
If you are one of the many people affected by the poor coverage from Medi-Cal, then our insurance claims lawyers in San Diego can help you. No one should have to settle for below-average insurance coverage, and with a little help from USAttorneys.com, you won’t have to.
Our qualified insurance claims attorneys will help you better understand your case, provide advice on the best course of action to take, and make sure you get the outcome you’re entitled to. If you live in San Diego or any of the surrounding areas, contact us today and our insurance claims lawyers will be happy to schedule a free case evaluation for you.