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Medi-Cal expansion proposed as special session on health care opens
Ventura County Star

As the Legislature opened a special session devoted to the implementation of the federal health care overhaul Monday, legislative leaders introduced bills to expand Medi-Cal coverage to more than 1 million additional Californians.

The program now covers about 8 million low-income residents.

The expansion of Medicaid, as the health insurance program for poor people is known nationally, is optional for states under last year’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act by the U.S. Supreme Court.