People waiting in line in Covina for the one-shot Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. (Photo: Ringo Chiu, via Shutterstock)
OPINION: California is gearing up to make history. The state will achieve near universal health coverage in 2024 by expanding Medi-Cal, the state’s Medicaid program, to all income-eligible Californians. Immigration status will no longer be an obstacle.
A nurse with her young patient, and the patient's father. (Photo: Monkey Business Images, via Shutterstock)
OPINION: California is one of just 12 states that still excludes qualified nurse practitioners from taking a leading role in helping patients prevent and manage chronic disease like obesity, diabetes and hypertension. I believe this outdated model has deadly consequences for people in our community, where our specialized care for diabetes suffers for lack of qualified health care providers.