A report released today by the American Cancer Society Action Network, the American Diabetes Association, the American Lung Association, and Families USA demonstrates the immense benefit Medicaid, or Medi-Cal in California, has on the health of Californians with chronic disease. As political rhetoric flies about Washington and through the airwaves, it is important to keep the facts in mind.
Some key facts about the benefits of Medi-Cal:
Medicaid insures 140,340 Californians with cancer, of them: 3,340 are children, 67,120 are adults, and 69,890 are seniors.
Medicaid helps 562,720 Californians manage their diabetes and treats complications, of them: 25,090 are children, 298,020 are adults, and 239,600 are seniors.
Medicaid helps 850,510 Californians manage chronic lung disease, of those Californians: 400,250 are children, 320,560 are adults, and 129,690 are seniors.
Medicaid helps 1,225,120 Californians with heart disease or stroke, of them: 59,620 are children, 646,280 are adults, and 519,220 are seniors.
You can read the complete report here.