Advocates Allege Medi-Cal Violates Latinos’ Civil Rights

Health advocates are accusing state officials of discriminating against Latino patients in Medi-Cal, the state’s health insurance program for people who are low income.

They filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights, arguing reimbursement rates are so low that doctors refuse to see Medi-Cal patients — nearly two-thirds of whom are Latino. Many patients face long waits for care or outright denial, the complaint says. Read more.