Under the federal health care overhaul, states have the option to expand Medicaid, the health insurance program for the poor. More than one million people would become eligible for Medi-Cal, California’s version of the program. Last week, both houses of the legislature passed bills to approve the expansion but with more benefits than the governor wants to offer. Gov. Brown wants to exclude long-term care benefits for the disabled and also shift certain AIDS and cancer patients into the state run exchange.
Lisa Aliferis is the founding editor of KQED's State of Health blog. Since 2011, she's been writing and editing stories for the site. Before taking up blogging, she toiled for many years (more than we can count) producing health stories for television, including Dateline NBC and San Francisco's CBS affiliate, KPIX-TV. She also wrote up a handy guide to the Affordable Care Act, especially for Californians. Her work has been honored for many awards. Most recently she was a finalist for "Best Topical Reporting" from the Online News Association. You can follow her on Twitter: @laliferis