Angela HartKaiser Health News Senior Correspondent
Angela Hart, Senior Correspondent, covers health care politics and policy in California and the West, with a focus on California Gov. Gavin Newsom, government accountability, and political influence. She has been reporting on health care for more than five years, and has won awards for her work on homelessness, public health, and the covid-19 pandemic. Previously, she worked for Politico and The Sacramento Bee. She is a Wisconsin native and a military veteran and holds a master’s degree from the University of California-Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.
Medi-Cal serves more than one-third of the state’s population — offering a dizzying range of care to a diverse population. That means the program is working for some, but failing for many others.
As the nation’s massive Medicaid unwinding begins, California is using government databases, billboards, and navigators to help people who get dropped from Medi-Cal reenroll or find other coverage.
This pandemic is like war, and federal, state and local health officers are leading the U.S. response. Yet unlike war heroes, who are lionized, they are facing unprecedented attacks and death threats.
Access to testing is still uneven in the nation's largest state. Even as some urban counties offer tests to anyone who wants one, a rural county is testing raw sewage to track the virus.