County OKs plan to pay for health services for uninsured.

County OKs plan to pay for health services for uninsured.

President Barack Obama made another national media pitch Wednesday for the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, with impressive figures on health insurance coverage released by the U.S. Census Bureau: The nation’s uninsured rate is now at its lowest ever. But Obamacare leaves out undocumented immigrants, estimated to number about 55,000 in Monterey County.

The Monterey County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 Tuesday to approve a pilot program to cover certain health care expenses for the undocumented, uninsuredpopulation, devoting $500,000 to pay for radiology, lab and prescription services.

Natividad Medical Center, the county safety net hospital, will provide lab and radiology; five Walgreens locations countywide will fill prescriptions, then invoice the county Health Department.

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