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Salinas patients left out of health care
The Californian - Salinas

Ernesto Sanchez has several medical conditions that require him to follow up regularly with his doctors. But when the Salinas resident tried to schedule appointments, he was told his providers no longer accept his insurance.

The 58-year-old Sanchez did all the right things. He went to the Covered California website, chose an Anthem Blue Cross policy he could afford — $578 per month – enrolled and expected to continue with his follow-up treatment for his gastric bypass surgery at Monterey County Surgical Associates, his cardiology follow-up for an occluded coronary artery at PrimeCare in Salinas, and a 90-day checkup to ensure his diabetes is being managed appropriately, also at PrimeCare.