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Educators protest Blue Shield rates
Lodi News-Sentinel

Vickie Gonzales cannot afford health insurance despite working for seven years as a paraeducator for autistic preschoolers at Lawrence Elementary School. The Lodi Unified School District’s plan is too expensive, she said, and she earns too much money to be covered under Medi-Cal. She pays for her asthma medication out of pocket and hopes that her 14-year-old daughter doesn’t get sick. “I try not to think about that because I wouldn’t be able to afford it out of pocket. It would probably be financially devastating,” Gonzales said.