From the Reporter
What’s New
San Diego County accepted $50 million in federal grants to improve health care for the poorest of the county’s poor.
What It Means
The county will get a head start enrolling people in government health programs before the federal healthcare law kicks in in 2014.
The Catch
Unlike some major California Counties, it also rejected millions more it could have used to improve care for people with higher incomes who still can’t afford medical care.
The Bigger Picture
San Diego County has long resisted paying for even basic emergency treatment for poor residents. But it has jumped at this opportunity because it will save money and eventually shift the full cost of paying for low-income healthcare onto the federal government.

Dagny Salas was web editor at Voice of San Diego from 2010 to 2013. She was an investigative fellow at VOSD from 2009 to 2010.

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