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Low-income U.S. citizens can stay in Healthy S.F. – for now
San Francisco Chronicle

We told you Sunday about the strange predicament of low-income U.S. citizens who are part of San Francisco’s universal health care program but are being bumped out of it if they qualify for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act – even if they can’t afford those premiums, co-payments and deductibles.

That predicament was made even stranger by the fact that immigrants living in the country illegally can remain in Healthy San Francisco because they don’t qualify for the new health insurance exchanges set up under the federal law. That means they can keep their doctors and primary care clinics and keep paying the same low quarterly fees while their U.S. citizen counterparts can’t.