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California's $12 billion Medicaid experiment stretches the definition of health care

California's Medi-Cal program, through its CalAIM initiative, aims to improve health outcomes by addressing social determinants of health. Fabiola Sandoval's son Jorge benefited from this approach, receiving in-home consultations and supplies to alleviate his severe asthma triggered by environmental factors. However, challenges such as worker shortages and bureaucratic complexities hinder the program's effectiveness. Click here for article.

  • CalAIM initiative under California's Medi-Cal program focuses on addressing social determinants of health.

  • Fabiola Sandoval's son Jorge experienced significant improvement in his asthma through in-home consultations and supplies provided by community health workers.

  • Challenges including worker shortages and bureaucratic complexities impede the effective implementation of CalAIM.

  • Despite obstacles, stakeholders are optimistic about CalAIM's potential to revolutionize healthcare delivery by fostering partnerships and addressing preventive care.

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