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Monterey County health officials say low-income program carries risks
Monterey Herald

Two top county health officials warned the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday about the potential risks of losing millions of dollars if a pilot low-income health program is implemented.

County Director of Health Ray Bullick and Natividad Medical Center CEO Harry Weis told the board that new information has emerged suggesting the county could be on the hook for nearly the entire $10 million to $12 million cost of the proposed program, Via Care. The program would serve as a kind of testing ground for the full implementation of national health care reform set for 2014.