|By Rachel Cook, The Bakersfield Californian|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
Now that the state is dissolving the government-subsidized Healthy Families program -- and moving those children into
Cisneros, 52, has taken 17-year-old
"I feel worried," Cisneros said Tuesday. "I don't know if the government program is going to help me or if I'll be paying more."
The transition is under way throughout the state and expected to affect more than 20,000
Officials generally say families need not worry. But there are patient advocates who fear some people will fall through the cracks and lose care.
"The message that we want to get out to the community is that their children will continue to have health coverage," said
The worry is that the transition timeline is too ambitious and that there aren't enough doctors who take
"A lot of the families that we deal with are just doing the best they can to keep their families together and keep their kids fed and healthy," and uncertainty about a change like this can send them into a tailspin, Hefner said.
HEALTHY FAMILIES RISE AND FALL
But that same year, the state froze new enrollment due to a budget crisis;
Already struggling families may drop out of a program like Healthy Families if they feel it's unstable and may disappear, Hefner said. That's one of her concerns.
"We want them to keep the coverage, that's the most important thing," she said.
Healthy Families pays
Families that make up to 150 percent of the federal poverty level,