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Covered California users grateful but keenly aware of shortcomings
Daily Democrat

Alain Datcher knows there’s a sad truth about the newly minted Medi-Cal card he carries in his wallet. It opens a few doors, but only takes him so far.

“Even though I feel like I’m part of a network, it’s a network that may not be adequate enough,” the 25-year-old said recently. “It leaves me grateful, but it leads me to think of the what ifs.”

Datcher, a former foster care youth, became eligible for Medi-Cal in January, when the Affordable Care Act allowed those like him to enroll in federally subsidized health plans through state health insurance exchanges.